THE ELUSIVE DESERT FOX

The elusive and rare Desert Fox or Vulpes Vulpes Pusilla ( Scientific Name)  is a small fox with white feet .

Spotted during a Desert Safari  organised by THE KURJHA RESORT near Kichan ( known for the Demoiselle Cranes)  a little village close to Jodhpur in Rajasthan .

The Desert fox  is also called White footed fox and inhabits sandy dunes and tracts.

the habitat
The Habitat of the Fox

The relatively small Desert Fox is ever watchful and keeps us under a steady gaze.

Observe its white tipped large bushy tail  and distinctive ears.

in the open desert
Bushy Heavy Tail

Content of no imminent danger it sits down but keeps us under a steady gaze.

Watch the tear marks on the face . The size can be estimated from the bushes in the sandy desert of Rajasthan.

We were told by Chandraveer Singh of Khurja Resort. Kichan who accompanied us on the safari that this is the first time for him that this elusive Fox has been so clearly photographed.

no danger yet watchful
Watchful even while sitting

This enchanting Desert Fox attends to an itch but keeps us under the scanner of its bronze coloured eyes.

Omnivorous, but leaning towards a  carnivorous diet it feeds on rats ( we saw numerous holes in the sand dunes made by rodents)  in the barren landscape it inhabits.

an itch yet wary
Wary while taking care of an Itch

As the fox saunters off into the sandy dunes we get a gorgeous view of its lovely grey-rust fur which provides it a perfect camouflage as well.

hind leg up
Scurries off into the desert forest

The vast open landscape of the deserts of Rajasthan are the natural habitat of this beautiful fox of which relatively little is known.

The White tipped tail clearly distinguishes it from the larger Indian or Bengal Fox ( Vulpes Bengalenisis) which has a black tipped tail.

The climate is changing in the desert as bountiful rains over the last decade  have turned the desert green and it is rare to see barren sand dunes in this region now.

 

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

30 thoughts on “THE ELUSIVE DESERT FOX”

  1. Indeed lucky to photograph this fox. it’s also found commonly in and around taal chhapar sanctuary. but despite visiting there many times, spotting one is not easy. Did you click pictures of demoiselle cranes? It’s a lovely sight. I’m yet to post on my visit to khinchan

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      1. I visited Khinchan earlier during the year – Jan 2015, on way back from Jaiselmer. I chose jaipur – jaiselmer route through Falodi-khinchan. I did not stay in khinchan, it was just a short break. There is a RTDC – Rajasthan tourism dev corp. property there, though

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      2. mukul! for the moment I will not suggest you to advise khinchan. Firstly, I have not seen this property completely. Many of the RTDC properties are not in good shape given the lack of enough tourists. secondly, Many of RTDC properties are slated to either go under hammer for privatization or public-private partnership. There is lot of resistance among the employees. Also, Falodi or Phalodi is pretty close by with better connectivity and facilities. I will try and find someone who has been to RTDC khinchan facility lately and update you. 🙂

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  2. Great photos! I once saw a similar animal in Oman, although I don’t know if they are actually related, but it was very wary and I couldn’t get near. And when it stopped, it was almost impossible to spot amongst the rocks.

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  3. Good pictures and an interesting post. in the prairie grasslands of central Canada and the USA there is a handsome little cousin called the “swift fox”. It is being reintroduced into our lands as it was killed of in the past by ranchers/farmers . It is an endangered species in Canada, but is a part of the natural ecological niche. Good pix and article in wikipedia

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