Range and Habitat
Rüppell's fox is found in the Sahara Desert in northern Africa and the deserts of the Arabian peninsula. It occurs in the countries of Morocco, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.
The Rüppell's fox looks similar to the Pale Fox (Vulpes pallida). It has a slender body and large ears. Its color can vary from buff to a pale grey, with a lighter underbody. Its tail has a distinctive white tip. It has black markings on its muzzle, extending from the inner corner of each eye to the corner of the mouth, almost like the markings on a cheetah's face. The fur on their back is distinctly darker. They have fur on the pads of their feet, to protect them from the heat of the sand.
The Rüppell's fox is omnivorous, and will eat berries, fruits, lizards, small rodents, and even carrion and human refuse.
Reproduction and Social Behavior
They live in pairs or small family groups. The pair shares the same den. Their territory can be up to 19 square miles (50 km sq.). The pair breeds during the wintertime, and after a gestation of 2 months, 2-3 cubs are born. Not much information is known on this fox.
The Rüppell's fox is not hunted for its fur, but it is occasionally hunted for food.
Vulpes rueppelli rueppelli –
Vulpes rueppelli caesia – Western Sahara
Vulpes rueppelli cyrenaica – Libya
Vulpes rueppelli cufrana – SE. Libya
Vulpes rueppelli sabaea – Arabia
Vulpes rueppelli somaliae – Somalia
Vulpes rueppelli zarudneyi – Persian Baluchistan
Lioncrusher's Domain -- Rüppell's Fox (Vulpes rueppelli)