Bulletin 10 - March 1980: Red Foxes
Red FoxesBy P. Dickinson and C. Furley*
Six Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes arabica) were snared and measured at Al Ain Zoo during December and January before release. The following results were obtained:
In addition, fecal samples were obtained from each fox and the proglottids of a cestode were demonstrated in all samples. The intermediate host for this tapeworm may become easier to determine when the tapeworm is identified. Maggots were also found in three out of the five foxes, indicating that the consumption of carrion was likely, and that this source of food material may well be important in maintaining the Red Fox population in this area. The remains of undigested feathers, together with the maggots, was interesting as this feature may possibly mean that it is the population of pigeons and doves, etc., and not small mammals upon which the foxes rely. Further research is necessary. All the foxes were caught at night as they tried to enter the zoo grounds.
The authors would be very interested to hear of any other captured carnivores in the UAE.
* Peter Dickinson is Zoological Curator and Chris Furley veterinarian at Al Ain Zoo.
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