Fox Facts



  • The larder of one Arctic fox was found to contain 50 lemmings and 40 little auks, all lined up with tails pointing the same way and their heads bitten off.
  • African bat-eared foxes have huge ears for radiating heat away from the body.
  • Arctic foxes live only 480 km from the North Pole.
  • The grey fox of North and Central America is the oldest surviving member of the dog family, first appearing 9 million years ago.
  • The African fennec fox’s 15-cm long ears are the largest of any carnivore.
  • The American grey fox leaps with ease between tree branches.
  • Some foxes roll about and chase their tails to ‘charm’ rabbits, which seem fascinated and come closer, allowing the fox to make a grab.
  • The red fox has adapted with great success to urban life, even moving into houses via cat flaps.
  • When locating insects beneath the ground, the bat-eared fox cups its large ears, gradually pinpointing the exact position of the prey before digging.
  • In early autumn, up to 90% of the red fox’s diet may consist of apples, blackberries and other fruits.
  • Basically a night hunter, the red fox is often seen during the day, and shows up sharply against winter snow.