Black Foxes In The UK
The Black fox is a rare sight in the UK and is something of a mythological creature. This melanistic or black version of the red fox carries a recessive gene that means it's appearance in nature is a rare occurrence indeed. In contrast, the practice of trapping and breeding melanistic North American red foxes in the 19th century resulted in the "silver fox", an animal model developed by the fur trade and then domesticated for tameness in an ongoing Russian experiment.
In recent years, there appears to be a return of the melanistic gene to the UK fox population and the number of unusually coloured fox sightings has increased as a result. While some of these sightings will be of native wild foxes, some of the animals seen are that of escaped exotic pets (North American farmed foxes or "silver foxes") in need of being located and returned home, which is why your reports are so important!
About Black Foxes UK
Promoting Awareness & Welfare for the Sake of the Silver Fox
Black Foxes UK is a Social Enterprise and Community Interest Company (CIC) consisting of a small group of animal keepers, educators and enthusiasts who are all dedicated to the collection & dissemination of accurate and reliable information on silver foxes and other red fox anomalies, in order to raise awareness and understanding of this beautiful and mysterious creature.
Have You Seen a Black or Unusually Coloured Fox in the UK?
If you have seen an unusually coloured fox in the wild and would like your sighting recorded, then pop over to our Report a Sighting page to add your sighting to our database.
If you have lost a domesticated silver fox, please Contact Us immediately. We can notify you of any sightings reported in your area and can assist with ensuring your pet is returned to safety quickly.
Are You or Your Organisation Seeking Advice, Information or Support?
Black Foxes UK caters for individuals and organisations that deal with silver foxes, providing advice and support on a wide range of topics, from advice on signage information and enrichment schedules, to developing species specific training plans or safety and containment policies.