Rüppell’s fox

“Rüppell’s fox” by Helmut Boehm, licensed under CC BY SA 3.0

Common Name: Rüppell’s Fox

Scientific Name: Vulpes rueppellii

Conservation Status: Least Concern (Mallon, et al., 2015).

Habitat: Sand and stony deserts, sand sheets, sand dunes, gravel plains, open and stony habitats with sparse vegetation cover, and salt flats. (Mallon, et al., 2015).

Range: Desert and semi-desert regions of North Africa (from Morocco and Mauritania to Egypt and Somalia), in the mountains and fringes of the Sahara Desert and thinly distributed across the Arabian Peninsula (Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen)  (Mallon, et al., 2015).

Diet: Omnivore; mammals, reptiles, eggs, insects, terrestrial non-insect arthropods, roots, and tubers (Kierepka, 2005).

Threats: Persecution by hunting, indiscriminate use of poison; In Israel competitive exclusion by Red Foxes (Mallon, et al., 2015).