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Pale Fox

Pale Fox Range Map (Africa)
Pale Fox Range Map (Africa)

Latin Name Vulpes pallida
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Africa
Colour Pale Brown/Sandy
Length 40 - 45 cms (15.7 - 17.7 inches)
Tail 25 - 30 cms (9.8 - 12 inches)
Weight 2 - 3 Kgs (4.4 - 6.5 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 10 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Pale Foxes have a body length between 40 and 45 cms (15.7 - 17.7 inches), a tail length between 25 and 30 cms (9.8 - 12 inches) and they weigh between 2 and 3 kgs (4.4 - 6.5 lbs).

They are pale brown or sandy in colour and their bushy tail has a black tip. Their muzzle is narrow and they have large ears with rounded tips.


Pale Foxes can be found in the Sahel area of Africa. They are social animals and they live in large, extensive, communal burrows. They are mainly active at night.


Pale Foxes are omnivores and they mainly feed on rodents, lizards, birds, insects, eggs, fruit and vegetation.


After a gestation period of 51 - 53 days, Pale Foxes give birth to 3 - 6 cubs. At birth the cubs weigh approximately 75 g (2.64 oz) and they are weaned when they reach 6 - 8 weeks old.


Little is known about predators of the Pale Fox.


There are five subspecies of Pale Fox:

Vulpes pallida pallida
Vulpes pallida cyrenaica
Vulpes pallida edwardsi
Vulpes pallida harterti
Vulpes pallida oertzeni

Interesting Facts

Pallida means pale in Latin.

Similar Animals

Red Fox
Arctic Fox
Cape Fox
Swift Fox
Kit Fox
Corsac Fox
Bengal Fox
Blanford's Fox


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