It is closely related to the swift fox (Vulpes velox).
The swift fox resides primarily in deserts and short-grass prairies.
Exact population numbers of the swift fox are unknown, but it is known that they currently inhabit only 40% of their historic range.
In the wild, the swift fox usually lives 3-6 years, but may live up to 14 years in captivity.
The swift fox is more heavily dependent on its den than most North American canids, using them as shelter from predators.
The coyote is the swift fox's main predator, but often chooses not to consume the swift fox.
Recent research has shown that social organization in the swift fox is unusual among canids, since it is based on the females.
Like most canids, the swift fox is an omnivore.
However, like any efficient forager, the swift fox takes advantage of seasonal foods.
The school mascot is the swift, short for swift fox, which is native to the area.