Darwin’s fox

“Darwin’s fox” by Fernando Bórquez, licensed under CC BY SA 2.0
“Male Darwin’s Fox” by Fernando Bórquez

Common Name: Darwin’s Fox

Scientific Name: Lycalopex fulvipes

Conservation Status: Endangered (Silva-Rodriguez, et al., 2016).

Habitat: Dense Araucaria-Nothofagus forest, open Nothofagus forest, and occasionally in open pastures (Jiménez & McMahon, 2004).

Range: Endemic to Chile occurring in two distinct populations, one found on Chiloé Island and the other on the coastal range of Chile (Jiménez & McMahon, 2004).

Diet: Small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, fruits, and seeds (Silva-Rodriguez, et al., 2016).

Threats: Domestic dogs and associated diseases are the main threats to Darwin’s Foxes, yet they can also be subjected to human-related mortality on account of anthropogenic development and may be hunted for fur and for retaliation of domestic animal attacks (Jiménez & McMahon, 2004).