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.