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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Cape 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.

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References and further reading

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

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

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 122

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

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

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

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

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

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 417

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

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

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

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

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

List of South African Mammals

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