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Fennec Fox

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Class: Mammal
Order: Carnivore
Family: Coyotes, dogs, foxes, jackals & wolves.
Found: Africa
Size:    60cm
Weight:  1kg


Diet:  Carnivore (Meat Eater)
Gestation: 50 days


Conservation Status: LC

Fennec Fox

Vulpes Zerda

Range: This small fox is found in the Sahara Desert of North Africa and in some parts of Arabia.   The coats are often a sandy colour, allowing them to blend with their desert surroundings.

Threats: The Fennec Fox poses absolutely no threat to humans or livestock in fact it plays a very important part in protecting peoples livelihood and the ecosystem because it keeps the insect and rodent population in check.    In northern Africa the fennec fox is hunted, trapped, and sold commercially – for the pet trade, sold to locals to be raised for meat, or killed for their fur which is used by the indigenous people.  As human settlements expand fennec foxes are disappearing from those areas.

Social Behaviour: This social animal lives in groups of up to 10 individuals, and it marks its
territory with urine. The life span is 10 to 12 years.

 Food: An omnivore, at night it hunts rodents, insects, lizards and eggs of birds and insects. It gets most of its water from eating desert vegetation – grasses, roots, fruit and berries. Fennecs can survive extremely long times without drinking, but do drink when water is available.

 Information: Escaping the daytime desert heat, this mammal is nocturnal (most active at night); it rests during the day in a burrow in the sand. Fennec foxes are extremely agile, they can jump two feet up in the air from a standing position. The Fennec Fox needs to be able to do this, because every day he either has to hunt or escape from a predator.

Conservation: Through our conservation charities The Sumatran Tiger Trust and The Wildlife Protection Foundation we are working to save species and habitats all over the world.  To find out more check out www.wildlifeprotection.info or www.tigertrust.info