Author(s): Mike Unwin
Hero or villain? Few animals divide opinion like the Red Fox. This most successful of the world's wild canids has lived alongside people from time immemorial. Celebrated by some for its resourcefulness and lush pelt, reviled by others for plundering chicken runs and overturning bins, it has worked its way deep into Western. Behind the folklore and tabloid headlines, however, lies a remarkable natural history success story. In Spotlight: Foxes Mike Unwin explores how the Red Fox's versatility has allowed it to thrive across the northern hemisphere, from desert and mountain to farmland and urban jungle. This informative book covers all aspects of the Red Fox biology and lifestyle, including hunting and caching food, defending a territory, raising a litter and communication strategies. Finally, it examines the complex, often troubled relationship that the Fox has enjoyed and both endured with humankind, and suggests what the future might hold. The Spotlight series introduces readers to the lives and behaviours of our favourite animals with eye-catching, colour photography and informative expert text.
Mike Unwin is the author of more than 30 books for both adults and children, including The Atlas of Birds, 100 Bizarre Animals and Southern African Wildlife. A specialist in natural history and travel, he writes regularly for numerous publications, including The Independent, The Telegraph, BBC Wildlife, RSPB Nature's Home, Wanderlust and Bird Watching. Mike was voted UK Travel Writer of the Year 2013 by the British Guild of Travel Writers. He is based in Brighton, UK, where foxes trot along his pavement and hop over his garden fence.