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Pale Fox, Vulpes pallida

The pale fox (Vulpes pallida) is a species of fox that little is known about. It blends in with the sand within its habitat that ranges from Senegal to Sedan, through the African Sahel. It prefers habitats in semi-deserts and stony deserts, but will sometimes wander into the Sahara. There are five recognized subspecies of this fox.

The pale fox is long, but small with short legs. It can reach a weight of up to six pounds. It has large ears, which are typical to desert dwelling canids, and a thin muzzle. The fur is a pale tan color, while the belly appears whiter in color. The tail is rusty brown with a black tip.

The pale fox can be found living in small familial groups, in a burrow territory that can reach a length of up to 49 feet. During the day, these foxes will rest in the cool of their burrows, and will emerge around dusk to forage for food. Their diet consists of berries, plants, small rodents, insects, and reptiles. Retaining water from their food, the foxes can go long periods without drinking. The pale fox is listed by the IUCN as “Data Deficient” because there is not enough information about its populations and habits to give it a conservation status.

Image Caption: Engraving of a pale fox by J. G. Keulemans. Credit: Mivart, St. George Jackson/Wikipedia

Pale Fox Vulpes pallida