Darwin’s Fox or Darwin’s Zorro (Lycalopex fulvipes) is a small Critically endangered canine from the genus Lycalopex. It is also known as the Zorro Chilote or Zorro de Darwin in Spanish and lives on Chiloé Island and Nahuelbuta National Park in mainland Chile (IX Region Araucania).
Darwin‘s Fox was first collected from San Pedro Island off the coast of Chile by the naturalist Charles Darwin in 1834. It was long held that Darwin’s Fox was a subspecies of the South American Gray Fox (L. griseus); however, the discovery of a small population of Darwin’s Fox on the mainland in Nahuelbuta National Park in 1990 and subsequent genetic analysis has clarified the fox’s status as a unique species.
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