Grey fox

At the Cincinnati Zoo.

Also known as the tree fox, the grey fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) 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.


  • Where to see them: Southern Canada to northern South America
  • Length: 1.8 to 2.7 ft
  • Weight: 6.5 to 15 lbs
  • Lifespan: Up to 13 yrs in captivity
  • Habitat: Woodland
  • Diet: Small mammals and birds, some fruits and seeds
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