In pursuit of prey, painted dogs can run up to 37 miles per hour.
In times of heavy snow, the Arctic fox turns its attention from tracking down elusive lemmings and other terrestrial prey to following polar bears. Waiting patiently as a bear hunts, feeds, and finally moves on, the fox then sweeps in to feed on leftover scraps.
Also known as “el lobo”, the Mexican wolf is the smallest subspecies of the North American gray wolf. Wolves live in family groups called packs. The wolf parents are the leaders of the pack, called the alpha pair. The rest of the group includes their sons and daughters and possibly a few other close relatives.
Also known as the tree fox, the grey fox is the only member of the dog family that can climb trees. It has short powerful back legs with hefty claws to grip the tree and push the fox up while its front legs grab the sides of the trunk like a cat.
The smallest fox, the fennec fox has the largest ears relative to body size of any canid, reaching lengths of up to six inches. In addition to enhancing the fox’s sense of hearing, the huge ears also act as radiators, allowing it to regulate its body temperature in the hot desert.
Emerging at dusk from an underground den, the bat-eared fox prowls for prey. It tends to hang out near herds of zebra, buffalo, and other large mammals that attract insects. Listening intently with its five-inch long ears, the fox can detect a termite chewing grass or a beetle larva burrowing underground.