"Sir, lomdi ka toh kya hai, kahin bhi ghar bana le" (Sir, foxes can survive anywhere), my guide at Tal Chhapar said to me in 2013.
The Desert Fox, also known as the White-footed Fox (Vulpes vulpes pusilla) is the most widely distributed carnivore in the world. It is a small, Asiatic subspecies of Red Fox that ranges through most of the northwestern Indian subcontinent, Pakistan's desert districts, Baluchistan, southern Iran, and Iraq.
Like most other species, foxes too have been affected by habitat loss, but fortunately, their habitat is varied and they are extremely adaptive. Thanks to centuries of folklore and countless storybooks, words like ‘cunning’ and ‘shrewd’ are typically associated with the fox. In my view, it’s best to stay away from associating such adjectives with a species we know so little about. Like any other species, it must fight for survival and to continue its bloodline.
I have been following, and photographing, Desert Foxes for four years now, mostly in Rajasthan and the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.
This photo story is a visual representation of my journey so far.
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