Culpeo Fuegian Fox Facts   

  • Name:
    Zorro Culpeo or Colorado / Fueguian Fox , Red Fox
  • Scientific Name:
    Lycalopex Culpaeus
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  • Description:
    Measures from 80 to 120 cm (39 to 42 in), including the tail (30 to 36 cm /16 to 20 in).The female weighs about 9 kg (20 lb) and the male 12 kg (27 lb)average . Its chin is reddish brown, similar to other parts of the body. The top of the tail is gravy and black. Its head is usually reddish brown, feet and legs are a bright red-brown.
Patagonian Culpeo Fox


They begin mating at age 1 and the season is from June to October. They mate only once a year and have between 3 and 5 pups. Breeding occurs in burrows and the gestation period is about 55-60 days.


Lizards, birds, rodents and sheep.
Distribution: Found throughout Chile, two of the four subspecies are found in the Magallanes Region (Zorro Colorado and Zorro Colorado de Tierra del Fuego).


Forest, shrub and steppe.


This fox is responsible for controlling the populations of hares, rodents and Upland Geese.

Subspecies of the Culpeo Fox include:

Lycalopex culpaeus andinus
Lycalopex culpaeus culpaeus
Lycalopex culpaeus lycoides
Lycalopex culpaeus magellanicus
Lycalopex culpaeus reissii
Lycalopex culpaeus smithersi

Interesting Facts

Culpeo Foxes are also known as:

Patagonian Fox
Patagonian Red Fox
Common Andean Fox
Andean Wolf
Fuegian Fox

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