The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Cape Fox - SA's true fox

Afrikaans name: Silwervos

Cape Fox

The Cape Fox is a beautiful mammal

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Vulpes chama

Interesting facts about Cape Foxes

The Cape Fox is the only true fox found in southern Africa. They prefer habitats that are open such as grasslands and semi-deserts.

They eat a variety of foods including insects, rodents, small reptiles and fruit.

The Cape Fox is a nocturnal creature but they may be seen in the late afternoon or early morning.

A pair forms a lifelong bond and raise their pups together. Sometimes family groups may merge, particularly when there is food around.

Although the Cape Fox is known to sometimes kill young lambs they do not pose too much of a problem to livestock.

References and further reading

The Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa - Author: P. Briggs - Published: 2020 - Page: 320

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 71

Wild Issue 32 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 26

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 200

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1996 - Page: 48

South African Animals in the Wild - Author: Anthony Bannister - Published: 1985 - Page: 92

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 320

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 68

The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 2011 - Page: 138

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1986 - Page: 49

Predators of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Grobler, Hall-Martin & Walker - Published: 2012 - Page: 22

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Published: 1980 - Page: 38

Maberlys Mammals of Southern Africa - Revised edition - Author: Richard Goss - Published: 1986 - Page: 117

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 1987 - Page: 15

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Published: 1986 - Page: 109

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 417

Guide to the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park - Author: Gus Mills and Clem Haagner - Published: 1996 - Page: 54

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2001 - Page: 122

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1997 - Page: 224

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edit - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1988 - Page: 122

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Published: 1999 - Page: 70

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Published: 1987 - Page: 49

A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife - 3rd - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2000 - Page: 43

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Africa including Madagascar - Author: Theodor Haltenorth and Helmut Diller - Published: 1980 - Page: 171

A Field Guide to the Eastern Cape Coast - Author: R. Lubke, F. Gess & M. Bruton - Published: 1988 - Page: 307

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