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Zoo Buddy: Gray Fox

Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 9:53 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - In our Zoo Buddy segment this week we’re meeting one of the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo’s gray foxes.

“This is Claire. She’s a gray fox. She was found by the public and brought to a rehabber when she was just days old. She didn’t have her eyes open, so she’s highly imprinted on humans,” explains zookeeper Jayme Jordan. “So she wasn’t allowed to be released back into the wild, so now she’s here and she is a member of the canid family. So that means she’s related to your puppy dogs at the house, and much like your puppy dog, she is an omnivore.”

Jordan says they’re the only member of the canid family to climb trees and catch things like lizards and birds.

“You can see her body is built for speed and climbing,” says Jordan.

And one of Claire’s favorite treats is raw broccoli! “Oh, she is so sassy. She really likes to run and hide and play and jump around. It kind of looks like a bunny rabbit when she jumps, almost like a ferret because she’s so long. But, she just she is full of sass, here’s never a dull moment with Claire.” There are both red and gray foxes, and Jordan says the red foxes are a little bigger and look more like a dog than the gray ones. She says gray foxes are seen most commonly at dawn and dusk. If you’d like to see Claire, she’s in the Louisiana Purchase part of the exhibit and after lunchtime, you may be able to catch Claire on a walk around the zoo.

The zoo is open every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Saturdays are probably our busiest days, but we are open during the week. And you know you pretty much have a private tour during the week because we’re a whole lot slower. Animals are on display by 10 a.m. and zookeepers are walking around,” says Lisa Taylor, General Curator at the zoo.

If you have questions, the zookeepers are all very knowledgeable, so feel free to stop them and ask a few questions.

If you’d like to learn more about gray foxes, click here.

You can visit the zoo’s Facebook page or call them at (318) 329-2400 for more information.

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