Year of 2017

Taking a Break
Red fox in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Most visitors to Denali National Park and Preserve come with a checklist for the ‘big five’ mammals that live here: Grizzly bears, caribou, moose, wolves, and Dall sheep. Yet the red fox population in the park and preserve’s 6 million acres of wild terrain is also worth a look. This time of year, the kits are beginning to venture out of the den while mom and dad keep an eye out for predators. The father will occasionally leave to hunt for hares, voles, and other rodents that provide the bulk of the red foxes’ diet.

The red fox, largest of the true foxes, has the greatest geographic range of all members of the Carnivora order, being present across the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, North America and Eurasia. It is listed as least concern by the IUCN. Its range has increased alongside human expansion, having been introduced to Australia, where it is considered harmful to native mammals and bird populations. Due to its presence in Australia, it is included among the list of the “world’s 100 worst invasive species”.
Scientific name: Vulpes vulpes
Lifespan: 5 years (In wild)
Speed: 3.73 mph (6 km/h) – 8.08 mph (13 km/h) (Trotting)
Height: 0.12 pound (0.06 kg) – 0.22 pound (0.10 kg) (Newborn) · 4.85 pound (2.20 kg) – 30.86 pound (14 kg)
Height: 13.78 inch (35 cm) – 19.69 inch (50 cm) on average
Length: 27.56 inch (70 cm) – 35.43 inch (90 cm) (Middle Russian fox)
Global Distribution Map