Appearance: The red fox is known for its rust-colored or orange-red fur and its long, bushy tail. These tails come in handy for balance and for staying warm in the winter!
Range: Red foxes thrive in many different habitats, including urban areas. They are are territorial mammals and scent mark their domain. Foxes mate for life and keep dens in which they seek shelter and rear their young. They have several natural predators, including humans who have been hunting foxes for centuries.
Diet: Built for speed and agility, red foxes are skillful hunters. Slender bodies, long legs, and small stomachs allow this mammal to run 30 mph (faster than the average moped!). Foxes use their sensitive hearing and stealth to locate and sneak up on their prey. Rodents, rabbits, and other small mammals are a large part of their diet; they will also consume fruits, berries, and insects.
Toby the red fox was born in the wild in spring 2007 but was orphaned at a very young age. He came to the WNC Nature Center in May 2007. Since Toby was born and raised in a zoo, he does not fear humans and didn’t learn the necessary survival skills to live in the wild.
Toby is considered a “gentleman fox.” He carefully and delicately takes his food from his keepers, and he shares his habitat with Rocket the gray fox without complaining!