The world’s smallest canid isn’t short on personality, or cuteness. Unfortunately, both can work against them.
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Wild About Fennec Foxes
Meet the World’s Smallest Fox
“Fennec foxes remind us of the many marvelous things about the animal kingdom, like how incredibly resilient they can be, even in the harshest of environments like the Sahara. And yet, despite their evolutionary adaptations, how completely vulnerable they can be to dangers imposed by humans.”
Where do fennec foxes live?
Fennec foxes live in the northern sandy deserts and arid regions of Africa where desert grasses or scrub vegetation provides for good hunting and foraging.
The pads on fennec fox paws are covered in fur so they do not burn on the hot sands of their Sahara desert home
Are fennec foxes endangered?
Fennec fox populations are threatened due to the pet and fur trade, habitat loss and climate change.
Why do fennec foxes have big ears?
Fennec foxes have the largest ear to body ratio of any canid species. Their ears can grow up to 6 inches long which is a third of their body size.
Like elephants, their large ears that we like to call “ear-conditioners” help them keep cool thanks to the vessels in their ears, which dissipate heat.
What do fennec foxes eat?
Fennec foxes are omnivores and eat a variety of food including desert plants and animals like rodents and insects such as scorpions, locusts, grasshoppers, and beetles.
They get the majority of their water through their diet. Their kidneys are adapted to conserve water from their food.
Adopt a Fennec Fox Pack
Whether by doing your part to combat climate change or becoming a more conscious consumer to avoid supporting the fur industry, get involved. You can also symbolically adopt our fennec fox pack, which includes a 12-month membership to the Endangered Wolf Center.