Darwin’s fox

Surviving against all odds, this elusive fox is the ultimate master of survival in the harsh landscapes of Chile

Meet the smallest canid in South America – Darwin’s Fox! This fox is known for its adorable appearance, but don’t be fooled – it’s a fierce predator. With a body length of just 45-60 cm (18-24 inches) and weighing only 2-4 kg (4-8 pounds), it is an expert at hunting small prey like rodents and birds.

Unfortunately, the Darwin’s Fox is classified as endangered, with only around 1,000 individuals remaining in the wild. Their habitat is threatened by human activity such as logging and agriculture, as well as the introduction of non-native species like the American mink. But conservation efforts are underway to protect these precious foxes and their unique ecosystem in the temperate forests of Chile’s Chiloé Island.


Population est.
La Araucania, Biobío
Los Lagos

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No