Head and body length: 48 - 55.7 cm, tail: 17.5 - 25 cm
2.9 - 3.3 kg
Estimated at fewer than 250 breeding adults
Southern temperate rain forest and coastal dunes
A distant, distant cousin, Darwin's fox separated from its nearest relative, the south american grey fox at least 275,000 years ago. Today it is little known and isolated into two sub-populations. Generally solitary, the fox does sometimes join its fellows to scavenge, and eats every thing from insects to small mammals and plants.It also forms pairs during mating season, with both parents helping raising litters of two to three pups. But faces with the smallest distribution of an known canid, habitat loss due to deforestation, and predation by domestic dogs, only about 125 breading pairs are left on this branch of the family tree.