Cape Fox

Interesting Facts: Cape Foxes are also known as: Silver Jackal Silver-backed Fox Kama Fox Cama Fox.

Main Characteristics: Cape Foxes are a small species of fox. They have a body length between 45 and 61 cms (17.7 - 24 inches), a tail length between 30 and 40 cms (11.8 - 15.7 inches) and they weigh between 3 and 6.5 kgs (6.6 - 14.3 lbs).

They are coloured silver grey on their back and yellow on their flanks and underside. Their long tail is bushy with a black tip and they have slender legs.

Habitat: Cape Foxes are found in the savannahs and semi-arid regions of southern Africa. They are non-territorial and are either solitary or found in pairs. Their home ranges overlap and they tend to be between 1 and 4.6 sq. kms (0.4 - 1.8 sq. miles). They are mainly active during the night, although youngsters are known to play outside the den during the day.

Diet: Cape Foxes are omnivores and they feed on small mammals, reptiles, insects, fruit and carrion.

Breeding: After a gestation period of 51 - 53 days, females give birth to 3 - 6 cubs. At birth the cubs weigh between 50 and 100 g (1.8 - 3.5 oz) and initially both parents care for the cubs.

They begin to forage with their mother when they reach 4 months old and at 5 months old they become independent and disperse. Cape Foxes reach sexual maturity at 9 months old.

Predators: Humans are predators of Cape Foxes and it is likely that larger carnivores and large birds of prey will also prey upon them.

Subspecies: There are no subspecies of the Cape Fox.

Latin Name Vulpes chama
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Africa
Colour Silver Grey & Yellow
Length 45 - 61 cms (17.7 - 24 inches)
Tail 30 - 40 cms (11.8 - 15.7 inches)
Weight 3 - 6.5 Kgs (6.6 - 14.3 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 15 Yrs

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