The Cape Fox is a nocturnal animal which feeds mainly on
mice, gerbils, rock dassies, hares, ground nesting birds,
lizards, insects and spiders, but it is also a scavenger.
It is an attractive animal, and in prime condition the winter
coat has a silvery appearance. They are generally solitary,
and lie up in holes during the day.
The Cape fox's shelter consists of two kinds: ground surface
cover, rock crevices and rocky overhangs, or an underground
hole which could be either dug by the fox itself, or it
could simply use one from a springhare or other species.
Its call is a high pitched one and is a drawn out howl which
ends in two or three yaps. Three to five young are born.
This animal has taken the blame for the slaughter of young
domestic stock and because of this 20 000 were hunted and
destroyed in the Orange Free State alone in the 1960's and