On the Trail of the Urban Fox

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Image: Laurent Geslin

All photos courtesy and copyright of © Laurent Geslin

Alone in a crowd or on your own in a deserted road, the city can be an isolating place for people. Not so for the urban fox; this maverick likes it that way. Always on the move, ever alert, the red fox walks the lonely streets, a solitary hunter and scavenger. Well adapted to built-up areas and human presence, this omnivorous opportunist takes what it can get – from the moment it emerges from its den to the time it returns, foraging done for another day. Laurent Geslin provides the stunning photography.


Image: Laurent Geslin

Waste not: Urban red fox scavenging rubbish in dustbin in London.

Whether slipping into the shadows or boldly inquisitive as it investigates human objects and refuse, this canny canid almost seems better fitted to the city than we are – even a highly populated metropolis like London. The red fox, Vulpes vulpes, is a survivor; by far the most common and widespread species of fox, and a familiar sight in both suburban and urban environments in Europe and North America. Normally extremely wary of humans, this wild mammal can also be quite bold. Just ask Laurent Geslin.

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Image: Laurent Geslin

Death holds no fear: Urban red fox in a church graveyard in London.

Laurent has spent considerable time taking pictures of the urban fox and is deeply aware of the way animals modify their survival strategy to the endless expansions of our towns. On a recent shoot in London, the photographer spoke of an interaction with a vixen he was following: “Once again I couldn’t keep up as she was trotting fast enough to lose me again, but I managed to spot one cub. She then came back to me, and seemed more relaxed. She stayed for a few minutes and even came up to smell my bag.”

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