Scientific Name: Vulpes zerda

IUCN (Red List) Status: Least Concern (LC)


Fennec Fox has fur on the soles of the feet to enable easy movement over sand. smallest of the canids. They range in size from 0.8 kg in vixens to 1.5 kg in males. They are smaller than an average house cat. Tail length is between 18 and 30 cm, and accounts for nearly 60 percent of the 30 to 40 cm body length. Legs, underbelly, and flanks almost white. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which serve to dissipate heat. . The fur of the fennec fox is straw- coloured. Its nose is black. Its tapering tail has a black tip. Its long ears have longitudinal reddish stripes on the back and are so densely haired inside that the external auditory meatus is not visible. The edges of the ears are whitish, but darker on the back. The ear to body ratio is greatest in the canid family and likely help in dissipating heat and locating vertebrates. It has dark streaks running from the inner eye to either side of the slender muzzle. Its large eyes are dark. . Females range in head-to-body size from 34.5 to 39.5 cm  with a 23–25 cm long tail and 9–9.5 cm long ears, and weigh 1–1.9 kg. Males are slightly larger, ranging in head-to-body size from 39 to 39.5 cm with a 23–25 cm long tail and 10 cm long ears, weighing at least 1.3 kg.

Habitat: Desert, Marine Coastal/Supratidal. subsist in arid desert environments and are capable of inhabiting the remotest sand seas. Stable sand dunes are believed to be ideal habitat . Typically they are the only canid in large sand dune habitats. In small sand dunes or fixed vegetated dunes,. they appeared tolerant of a wide range of habitats, including, but not limited to, drier and higher temperature zones than other species.

Animal Location: Savannah Sanctuary