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2010.08.26 21:31:45
Darwin's Fox [Chepu River, Chiloé Island, Chile] | August 2010

 

The Darwin's Fox (Pseudalopex fulvipes), locally known as 'Zorro Chilote', is a small and secretive inhabitant of the temperate forests of southern South America and is endemic to Chile. Its range is very restricted and is currently found in only two disjunct populations: the forests of Chiloé Island (42°S; 74°W) and the coastal Massif of Nahuelbuta (37°35'S; 73°00`W), in mainland Chile. These two sites hold a small yet decreasing population of nearly 250 individuals.

A visit to these two sites, in company of our guests, offers always great chances of seeing this magnificent canid. Naturalist guide Roberto Donoso and guest Norma Chapman, a UK mammal expert, had great views of one couple during a boat trip along the Chepu River in Chiloé Island; this tame fox was comfortably taking a sun-bath during the cold morning of August 13th 2010.

 

Darwin's Fox, Chepu River, Chiloe Island, Chile by Roberto Donoso, FS Expeditions

 

Chilean experts (i.e. Dr Jaime Jimenez among others) along international conservation agencies are currently carrying out long-term population studies on this critically endangered fox. A detailed summary on the biology and conservation status of this species from the Canid Specialits Group: Foxes, Wolves, Jackals and Dogs - 2004 Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan) is available here.

 

Darwin's Fox, Tepuhueico Park, Chiloe Island, Chile by Enrique Couve, FS Expeditions

 

Another good site of Chiloé Island to see this rare fox are the lush and pristine old-growth rainforests of Tepuhueico Park; on this huge private reserve, our guide and company founder Enrique Couve has seen it numerous times.

 

Darwin's Fox, Tepuhueico Park, Chiloe Island, Chile by Enrique Couve, FS Expeditions

 

Darwin's Fox, Tepuhueico Park, Chiloe Island, Chile by Enrique Couve, FS Expeditions

 

Join Roberto and Enrique on one of our 5-day programmes to 'Lake District & Chiloé Island' and try to see this enigmatic and sadly vanishing inhabitant of the forests of southern Chile.



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2012.10.12 03:43:40
Is this a real fox? I want to saw this in personal coz i want this to put in Disneyland Park coz they are endangered animals.

 
2012.10.25 19:45:39

 
2012.10.29 06:04:44

 


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