Urocyon cinereoargenteus Schreber 1775 (Gray Fox)

 Common name:  Gray Fox Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, USA

EMu user since 2004


march_small.gifAs urban sprawl encroaches upon natural ecosystems, many species of wildlife are displaced, if not extirpated. Some species, however, are capable of adapting to life in and around cities and towns. Such is the case with Urocyon cinereoargenteus. This common species ranges from southern Canada to Venezuela and is unique among canids for its ability to climb trees.

The animal pictured is one of several “nuisance” fox captured alive by the California Department of Fish and Game and transferred to the Department of Wildlife at Humboldt State University in northern California to be used in research and education. The fox was donated to the Las Vegas Springs Preserve on 19 May 2007 and now resides in an outdoor habitat of the Natural Mojave Gallery of ORIGEN.

While acquiring native species such as this Urocyon cinereoargenteus, R. A. Saumure, A. Schuricht, T. O’Toole and T. Omar worked closely with KE staff to create a Living Collections module. This new module incorporates features necessary for maintaining live animals, such as husbandry, morphometric, veterinary, and treatment tabs.

Photograph by T. O'Toole