Red Fox: here’s the scoop


Red fox populations suffer from habitat loss and fragmentation, exploitation, and hunting. In the early 1900s, red foxes were routinely hunted, as well as raised for their fur.

Committed to Conservation

Piper, the red fox, is an important member of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassador Program and currently lives behind-the-scenes. The animal ambassadors at Buttonwood Park Zoo are working ambassadors of their species and of their wild counterparts.  They stimulate interest and appreciation, dispel myths and fears, reconnect visitors with the natural world and stir all those they encounter to action. 



Red Fox

Scientific name

Vulpes vulpes


Found in diverse habitats such as tundra, desert (though not extreme deserts) and forest, as well as in suburban settings


Omnivorous. Eating a variety of fruit, vegetables, insects, rodents, birds and eggs

Life Expectancy

10 – 12 years 

Did you know?

Red fox urine smells very similar to skunk spray.


Found across the entire northern hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to southern North America, Europe, North Africa, the Asiatic steppes, India, and Japan

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant