Fennec fox in exhibit

Fennec Fox

Scientific Name

Vulpes zerda

Class

Mammalia

Order

Carnivora

Range

Sahara Desert and North Africa

Habitat

Desert sands and brush

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Fennec fox in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Fennec foxes are some of the smallest foxes in the world; on average, they weigh about three pounds. These sand-colored mammals have a small snout, large pointed ears, and a black-tipped tail. As nocturnal omnivores, fennec foxes hunt rodents, insects, and birds under the moonlight. Though "cute" in appearance, males become aggressive during mating season. Females nurse in an underground den until their young are strong enough to explore the desert.

Interesting Fact 1

Huge ears help fennec foxes dissipate the desert heat and find prey. They are sensitive enough to detect beetles walking across the sand.

Interesting Fact 2

Their thick hair insulates them on cold nights and blocks the sun during the day.

Interesting Fact 3

These foxes have evolved to go long periods without water.

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