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 relatively small Desert Fox is ever watchful and keeps us under a steady gaze.
Observe its white tipped large bushy tail and distinctive ears.
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.
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.
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.
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.