Culpeo Facts!

Culpeo by Christian Mehlführer, User:Chmehl cc3.0

Culpeo Facts!

Culpeo by Christian Mehlführer, User:Chmehl cc3.0

The culpeo is a reddish-grey fox native to South America, where it lives in a wide variety of habitats, from rainforest to desert to plateau. Measuring 23.5 to 47 inches (60 to 119 centimeters) long, it is the second-largest native canid on that continent.

Distribution of Pseudalopex culpaeus (Culpeo, Andes Fox, Andes Jackal). Image credit: TBjornstad GFDL v1.2

Although the culpeo is not listed as Threatened or Endangered, its population has decreased in some areas, mainly due to being hunted for its fur or to prevent it from eating domestic livestock.

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Culpeo eating a vicuña at El Tatio – San Pedro de Atacama – Chile. Image credit: Hector Bottai cc3.0

This fox is not very picky, however, and will eat a range of available prey: rabbits, hares, birds, insects, eggs, birds, fruit and carrion.

South American foxes are featured in the following book:
101 Facts… Wild Dogs, Wolves and Foxes!

The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about these awesome animals. Details of the videos featured are underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. Cute Animal Patagonian Fox / Zorro Patagonico / Culpeo by Albert Clack
  2. Zorro Culpeo, Cerrillos de Tamaya,Ovalle by Carlos Corvalan
  3. Darwin’s Fox (ZORRO CHILOTE) (LYCALOPEX FULVIPES) by Jorge Oyarce Kruger
  4. Lycalopex gymnocercus by Alex Bovo
  5. Hoary Fox by Pantanal BirdClub



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