Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox
(Vulpes zerda)
The Fennec Fox is one of the most beautiful of all desert animals. They are small canine animals, with tiny bodies that are only about a foot to a foot and a half long.
Their most amazing feature is the ears. The Fennec Fox has ears that are about six inches long. They look huge in comparison to the rest of their heads.

The large ears help them to track their prey animals as well as being useful to help them to lower their body heat.

The Fennec Fox weighs only about three pounds when full grown.
The fur on the Fennec Fox is creamy tan to reddish tan, and thick, while they have a long bushy tail that is about seven inches long and may be tipped in white or black.

They are completely adorable animals, pleasant to view and to watch, but are in reality like any other, wild animals, although there are breeders in the United States who do advertise to sell the Fennec Fox.

In the wild, the Fennec Fox is nocturnal and has large dark eyes that provide them with excellent night time vision.

Between the toes of the Fennec Vox there is thick hair and it helps them to move very quickly and very silently through the sandy surfaces they live in.

The Fennec Fox is native to the drier regions of North Africa, in the Sanai and the Arabian Peninsula.

Usually living in sandier areas, they normally make their homes in a burrow in the sand, lined with soft materials such as feathers and fur.
The Fennec Fox is a very rapid digger, and when they are threatened they can dig with remarkable speed.

Once a year in January they will breed, bearing up to five young in March or April. While both partners will defend the burrow, only the female is permitted to enter the burrow with the young.

Fennec Foxes will eat many different foods, including dates, plants, birds, eggs, lizards and insects as well as small mammals.

Although it is not endangered per se, they are rare in some places because they have been hunted to be used as pets.

  • RipleyMullin

    This fox is so cute I love it so much.

  • Vannesa

    awww where did u find this animal? where does it live?

  • susan

    I owned a Fennec before and at first it was because I couldn’t stand to see him in the pet store cage. But he grew on me and I loved him so much, he has since passed on and to be honest I am looking to own another if I see him or her in a cage at the pet store.. They are great animals and I had mine litter trained…

  • Lila

    I would like to own a fennec fox but it broke my heart a little to see what the bottom had said. I am doing a report on endangered animals and I went to see if this lovley fox was. Thankfully they are not.

  • georgia

    OMG they are sooo cute! but that is so cruel theat people keep them as pets!

  • dakota

    just for your information they live longer if they are a pet then living in the wild

    wild- lives 2-5 years

    pet- lives 12-14 years….

    so wat now

  • wildlife84

    Everything lives longer in domestication than in the wild. That DOES NOT make it okay to keep pets. It’s not ethical, and the fact that pet stores actually sell them is extremely disturbing.

  • Maddie

    Oh my gosh they are so cute i wish i could just bundle him up in a blanket and take him home!!!!! I love this kinds of fox, I hope I can Have one of them as a pet some day. :)

  • Erika

    Me to I love them

  • Maddie

    Oh my gosh I love them so much i wish i could just bundle him up in a blanket and take him home! I love this kind of fox they are so cute and adorable!!!!:)

  • Abby

    You know whats cruel? Some stupid animal eating them alive, That is cruel. Maybe you should get the information on the food chain.

  • abigail

    I have heard from many websites that they are, I find this very confusing

  • Sunshinebee19

    i think that the Fennec Fox is so adorible that i could or wont to have one as a pet

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