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Though zorro is the Spanish word for fox, the zorro is actually a "false fox" and is more closely related to dog-like canids than to true foxes. There are many species of zorro, which is actually the genus name. The most numerous species of the genus is Pseudalopex griseus, the Argentine Grey Fox or Grey Zorro with large ears and a russet-fringed pelt. In general, zorros are long-haired, bushy-tailed, grayish animals, between 20 and 30 inches in length.

Where do they live?:

Zorros inhabit South America, from Colombia to north Argentina. The Grey Zorro occurs in the plains, pampas, deserts, and low mountains of Southern South America. It prefers the edge of the forest, where sandy soils, shrub trees and low grasslands prevail. It is most numerous in Chile, but also inhabits Argentina, as its common name suggests, and maintains a small population in Peru. This species of zorro inhabits both sides of the Andes Mountain Range between northernmost Chile and Tierra del Fuego.

What do they eat?:

The zorro is an omnivore. Its diet consists mainly of rodents, birds, and rabbits, but it will also eat seeds, berries, armadillos, insects, scorpions, lizards, frogs, and bird eggs. The zorro is helpful in controlling rodent populations.

Social Environment:

Zorros are mainly nocturnal animals. Social animals, zorros live in abandoned burrows or in dens among rocks or trees. They breed in the fall. By October, after a gestation period of two months, two to six kits are born in a den. Both zorro parents will care for the litters.

Animal Fact:

Zorros are hunted in Argentina where they have the name "lamb-killer." In fact, zorros rarely kill lambs though they will prey on weaker or sick lambs if hungry.

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