Nature’s Crafty Trickster

A delightful pair of Cape Foxes have made Val de Vie Estate their home. Scientifically known as Vulpes chama, Cape Foxes are true foxes and the smallest canid (a mammal of the dog family)  in South Africa. Their exquisite silver-grey fur, accentuated by large pointed ears and dark colouration around their mouths, adds elegance to their appearance. Standing at a mere 350mm at the shoulders and weighing approximately 2.5 – 3kgs, these foxes exhibit remarkable agility, with their bushy serving as a clever counterbalance during their swift and nimble manoeuvres.

Thriving in harsh desert environments, Cape Foxes display exceptional adaptability. Their fur, dense and insulating, provides them respite from the scorching heat of the day and cold nights. Equipped with acute hearing and excellent night vision, they effortlessy hunt and forage in even the dimmest of light.

Cape Foxes boast a diverse palate, embodying the true essence of an omnivore. They relish a wide range of delicacies, including small mammals, reptiles, insects, birds, fruits, and seeds. Fear not; these charming creatures pose no threat to children or pets. As our new neighbours acquaint themselves with their surroundings and settle into their habitat, we kindly request all residents to give them space within the bio-diversity corridor. Additionally, for the safety of all, ensure that dogs are kept on leashes at all times.

Did you know? 

  • In Afrikaans, a Cape Fox is affectionately referred to as a ‘draaijakkals’, owing to their swift changes in direction when evading danger.
  • Unlike many other fox species, Cape Foxes are highly sociable animals that form tightly-knit family groups consisting of a mated pair and their offspring.
  • These groups work in harmony, cooperating to defend their territories, hunt for sustenance, and provide care for their young. The strength of their strong social bonds contributes significantly to their survival and overall success as a species.
  • Cape Foxes possess an extensive vocal repertoire, utilising a variety of expressive sounds, such as barks, screams, and chatters, to communicate with their family members and defend their territories.
  • As skilled predators, Cape Foxes play a pivotal role in maintaining the delicate ecological balance of their habitats. They actively regulate populations of small mammals and insects, contributing to the overall health of an ecosystem.
  • Cape Foxes are known for their exceptional problem-solving skills. They have been observed using their intelligence to overcome challenges, such as accessing food sources and finding shelter. Their resourcefulness and ability to adapt to various situations demonstrate their craftiness in navigating their environment.