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.
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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