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Chris Packham explores what makes animal groups successful. How are foxes bucking the trend of carnivores struggling to compete in a world with a rocketing human population?

Across the planet carnivores are struggling to compete in a world with a rocketing human population, but one predator is bucking the trend - the fox. Its numbers are increasing and its geographical range expanding.

Chris Packham explores the secrets to its success - its senses, its intelligence and its flexibility. New research reveals how its slit pupils enable it to hunt in the bright desert day; how it may be using the Earth's magnetic field to determine the location of prey during a pounce; and how regular exposure to rotting food is improving the health of the red fox, enabling it to hold its own in an increasingly urban landscape.

30 minutes

Last on

Thu 9 Apr 2020 19:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Florence + the Machine


  • Ellie Goulding


  • Foals

    Electric Bloom

  • Bastille

    Things We Lost In The Fire

  • Message to Bears

    Wake Me

  • Kimberly Anne

    Start Over


Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Packham
Executive Producer Jonny Keeling
Director Lara Bickerton
Producer Lara Bickerton
Series Producer Aaron Paul


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