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February -March 2018 digital magzine edition
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WHAT’S INSIDE

25 ENTEBBE

Accommodation
Business & Shopping
Entertainment, Health
Sports & Outdoors

35 FORT PORTAL

Accommodation
Business & Shopping
Entertainment

38 JINJA

Accommodation
Business & Shopping
Entertainment, Health
Sports & Outdoors
Travel & Tourism

46 KAMPALA

Accommodation
Business
Construction & Homes
Education
Entertainment
Food & Drink
Health
Motor Vehicles
Shopping
Sports & Outdoors
Travel & Tourism
Wellbeing

121 MBARARA

Accommodation

123 UP COUNTRY

Accommodation

IMPORTANT INFO

Map of Uganda
Entry into Uganda
Embassies
About Uganda
National Parks
Travel in Uganda
Travel by Bus
Airlines
Flight Schedules
We love our Pets
Things to do with Kids
Places of Worship
Useful Numbers
Entebbe Info
Fort Portal Info
Jinja Info
Kampala Info
Mbarara Info
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DID YOU KNOW?

FOXES

Foxes are small-to-medium-sized, omnivorous mammals belonging to several genera of the family Canidae. Foxes have a flattened skull, upright triangular ears, a pointed, slightly upturned snout, and a long bushy tail (or brush).

Foxes-murchison Falls

Image: Fox (Murchison Falls National Park)
by Iain

Twelve species belong to the monophyletic group of Vulpes genus of “true foxes”. Approximately another 25 current or extinct species are always or sometimes called foxes; these foxes are either part of the paraphyleticgroup of the South American foxes, or of the outlying group, which consists of bat-eared fox, gray fox, and island fox. Foxes live on every continent except Antarctica. By far the most common and widespread species of fox is the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) with about 47 recognized subspecies. The global distribution of foxes, together with their widespread reputation for cunning, has contributed to their prominence in popular culture and folklorein many societies around the world. The hunting of foxes with packs of hounds, long an established pursuit in Europe, especially in the British Isles, was exported by European settlers to various parts of the New World.

The word fox comes from Old English, which derived from Proto-Germanic *fuhsaz. This in turn derives from Proto-Indo-European *puḱ-, meaning ’thick-haired; tail’. Male foxes are known as dogs, tods or reynards, females as vixens, and young as cubs, pups, or kits, though the latter name is not to be confused with a distinct species called kit foxes. A group of foxes is referred to as a skulk, leash, or earth.

Foxes are generally smaller than other members of the family Canidae such as wolvesjackals, and domestic dogs. For example, in the largest species, the red fox, males weigh on average between 4.1 and 8.7 kg (9.0 and 19.2 lb), while the smallest species, the fennec fox, weighs just 0.7 to 1.6 kg (1.5 to 3.5 lb). Fox-like features typically include a triangular face, pointed ears, an elongated rostrum, and a bushy tail. Foxes are digitigrade, and thus, walk on their toes. Unlike most members of the Canidae family, foxes have partially retractable claws. Fox vibrissae, or whiskers, are black. The whiskers on the muzzle (mystaciae vibrissae), average 100–110 mm (3.9–4.3 in) long, while the whiskers everywhere else on the head average to be shorter in length. Whiskers (carpal vibrissae) are also on the forelimbs and average 40 mm (1.6 in) long, pointing downward and backward. Other physical characteristics vary according to habitat and adaptive significance.

Fox species differ in fur color, length, and density. Coat colors range from pearly white to black and white to black flecked with white or grey on the underside. Fennec foxes (and other species of fox adapted to life in the desert, such as kit foxes), for example, have large ears and short fur to aid in keeping the body cool. Arctic foxes, on the other hand, have tiny ears and short limbs as well as thick, insulating fur, which aid in keeping the body warm. Red foxes, by contrast, have a typical auburn pelt, the tail normally ending with white marking. A fox’s coat color and texture may vary due to the change in seasons; fox pelts are richer and denser in the colder months and lighter in the warmer months. To get rid of the dense winter coat, foxes moult once a year around April; the process begins from the feet, up the legs, and then along the back. Coat color may also change as the individual ages.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox

 

 

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