Tibetan Sand Fox

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Tibetan Sand Fox

Tibetan Sand FoxOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Also known as: Tibetan Fox, Sand Fox
Japanese Name: チベットスナギツネ
Romanised Name: Chibetto Sunagitsune
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Tibetan Sand Fox's Merchandise
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Vulpes ferrilata
Distribution: Asia
Diet: Carnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 8-10 years
Read More: Tibetan sand fox
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Tibetan Sand Fox Pavilion KF3 Nexon Game Gallery

The Tibetan Sand Fox is a type of mammal Friend that debuted in the original Kemono Friends mobile game. She has since appeared in the mobile games Kemono Friends Pavilion and Kemono Friends 3.


Tibetan Sand Fox has beige colored, neck length hair that transitions into a snow-white color past her cheeks, sometimes passing through a gray patch first. She also has two beige colored fox ears atop her head that curl up to the tips and feature long white fur within their openings. Her eyes are yellow-green and are narrowed in a very prominent gaze.

Tibetan Sand Fox wears a fluffy white colored scarf tied around her neck. She is dressed in a gray sweater vest with dark gray lines along the front opening, with what seems to be a white colored button-up suit vest with a beige gradient along the hem. Though, this may only be a single vest integrating both styles. Underneath her vest she wears a short sleeved white blouse with a plain white tie. Partially obscured by her vest is a gray colored pleated skirt. She also wears skin-tight beige gloves, the sleeves of which extend into the sleeves of her blouse and the hands of which descend into white, as well as beige colored tights that descend to white at the feet. As footwear, she sports a pair of white penny loafers.

Tibetan Sand Fox also has a bushy tail as long as her legs. It is colored white with beige and gray markings along the top, at the start and middle respectively.

In Real Life

An 1890 illustration of a Tibetan Sand Fox authored by St. George Mivart.

The Tibetan Sand Fox (Vulpes ferrilata) is a species of true fox native to the Tibetan plateau, Nepal, the Ladakh region of India, and central China.[1]

This fox was given it’s scientific name by the British naturalist Brian Hodgson in 1842.[2] The name is made up of Latin words. Vulpes means fox and is the genus name, ferri means iron, and the last part is derived from the word latum and means wide or broad.

The Tibetan Sand Fox is indigenous to semiarid and arid upland plains mostly in the Tibetan plateau, in elevations of 2500 to 5200 meters above sea level. These areas include treeless alpine meadows, alpine steppes, and desert stepps.[1]

Tibetan Sand Foxes usually hunt alone. Prey animals of this fox include plateau pika, Himalayan marmots, and a number of miscellaneous rodents, and insects. Blue sheep and domestic yak are also sometime scavenged as carrion. Of all the animals consumed by the Tibetan Sand Fox, the plateau pika makes up the majority of its diet. [3] Predators include gray wolves, domestic dogs, and various birds of prey.

The IUCN classified the Tibetan Sand Fox as Least Concern in their 2014 conservation assessment of the species. The population trend is unknown, but the fox is believed to be widespread in most of its range and faces no major threats. The IUCN notes however, that Chinese government agricultural pest control campaigns to poison pikas, an important prey animal of this fox, poses a concern.[4]

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