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Darwin's fox (Chilote fox) in Chiloe, Chile.

Observed: 17th April 2011 By: timcdlucastimcdlucas’s reputation in Mammalstimcdlucas’s reputation in Mammals
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Description:

We had a license to trap these endangered foxes. This one was very ill and died a couple of days later.
A third smaller than a red fox. Grey-blue coat. Long canines.

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the naturalist man's picture

Darwin's fox

I have to admit I had not heard of these animals and had to look them up. They have to be the rarest mammal, if not animal we have had so far on iSpot. The IUCN red data web site says there are only 250 left on Chiloe island and less than 70 on the mainland. It is a great shame that this one eventually died.

Are you catching them for a breeding programme or for tracking?

Am I right this is a male because of the reddish fur on the head and ears?

Graham Banwell

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timcdlucas's picture

Yes that's the numbers I've

Yes that's the numbers I've heard, although I'm told there is very little data on the size of the mainland population. 70 is a guess.

I was just helping a researcher in the area for a week, but we were trapping them for genetic studies. The aim is to look at the genetic differences between the mainland and island populations.

I think a breeding programme is being planned.

This is the group who I worked with and who are doing the research in case you are interested.
http://chiloesilvestre.cl/homeE.htm

the naturalist man's picture

Second photo

Thanks for the second photo showing the fox from the front.

Graham Banwell

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