Lycalopex – SA foxes
Despite their name they are more closely related to wolves than to true foxes
The South American Foxes are a unique “false foxes” genus that resembles foxes but are more closely related to wolves and jackals. However, unlike their popular “pack-animal” cousins, they are largely solitary except during breeding season.
They are found all over South America, also known as “culpeo zorro.” They have a wide range of habitats depending on the species.
They are omnivorous and mostly opportunistic hunters and scavengers, most active at dusk and night. They have a varied diet consisting of mammals, birds, reptiles, arthropods, bird eggs, carrion, and sometimes fruits. They aid in seed dispersal by ingesting fruits and passing the seeds out in their feces.
Species in this genus
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