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Swift Fox
Photograph by Joel Sartore

At a full stop—for the moment, the swift fox is a real speed demon. Researchers have clocked it doing close to 40 miles an hour (60 kilometers an hour) across open prairie. Its numbers began to fall when conversion of grasslands to farmland, particularly in Canada, reduced the quantity and quality of its habitat. But since the Canadian Wildlife Service began reintroducing it in the early 1980s, the swift fox has again picked up its pace.

Click here for a swift fox multimedia show, courtesy Cochrane Ecological Institute and Defenders of Wildlife.
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Scientific name: Vulpes velox hebes
Family: Canidae
Group/Class: Mammal
Historic range: United States (northern plains), Canada
Current status: Endangered
Population to which status applies: Canada
Date first listed: June 2, 1970
Current range: Canada





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