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fennec fox

Scientific Name: Fennecus zerda

Habitat: desert and semi-desert

Diet: small birds, mammals, insects, geckos, skinks, fruits, leaves and roots

Life span: up to 10 years in captivity

Young: 2-4 young (kits)

Size: 0.80-1.5 kg (1.76-3.3 lbs)

This nocturnal fox is the smallest member of the canine family.

Fennec foxes obtain all the fluids they need from the food they eat.

Long fur on the feet protects the pads from the hot sand. They dig elaborate burrows with many tunnels, up to 15 entrances and chambers lined with grass and leaves.

Their huge ears help them locate prey, cool their bodies and alert them to danger.

Their primary threat is hunting and trapping for fur, meat and the pet trade.

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Fennec fox on Animal Diversity Web


Range: northern Africa

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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