Fennec Fox Facts
Fennec Foxes in 60 Seconds
The fennec fox is the smallest of all the world's foxes, cream-colored with black-tipped tails.
Their most distinguishing features is their 6 inches ears.
Like the common fox, fennec foxes are in the genus Vulpes
They are 35-40 cm long and weigh approx. 1-1.5kg.
Fennec foxes live in the Sahara desert and elsewhere in North Africa, as well as the Sinai and Arabian Peninsulas. They can run up to 25mph and have a lifespan of 12-16 years
Being nocturnal allow them to survive the heat of the desert.
Their batlike ears radiate body heat and help keep them cool. Their long, thick hair
insulates them during cold nights and protects them from hot sun during the day. Their feet are also hairy and protects them from extremely hot sand. Their feet are also well adapted for digging underground dens.
Fennec foxes are pack animals and will like in groups of up to 10 individuals.
These foxes dwell in small communities, each inhabited by perhaps ten individuals. Males
mark their territory with urine and will aggressively defend their territory against competitors when mating season arrives. Fennec foxes mate for life. Females will have a litter of 2 - 5 pups after a gestation period of 50-53 days.
Fennec foxes are opportunistic eaters. They forage for plants as well as rodents, eggs, reptiles, and insects. They have the ability to go long periods without water.