Fennec Fox

Glogster Report

1. Describe the animal?

Fennec foxes have huge, bat-like ears to radiate body heat and help them keep cool in the Sahara heat. They also have long, thick fur that insulates them during the cold desert nights.The fennec fox is the smallest of all the foxes, They live in the Sahara Desert and elsewhere in North Africa. Fennec foxes also live in small communities, They are creamed colored with a black tipped tail. Fennec foxes have a lifespan of 10-12 years.


2. How is it born? How does the mother care for it’s young?

Fennecs breed once yearly. Breeding happens from January to February. The number of offsprings they are range from 1-6 after a gestation period of 50-53 days. The mother cares for its youth by attending them for the first two weeks until they open their eyes. They may be watched closely for up to 70 days.


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3. How does it get its food? What does it eat?

Fennec foxes obtain most of their food by digging, and will also eat almost anything that is available. Small rodents, lizards, birds, eggs, and insects are common. Fruits, leaves, and roots are also important for the Fennec’s diet.



4. Where does it live, and what are some of its habits?

The fennec fox lives in Central Sahara and can also be seen at mountainous or desert regions in Morocco. Fennecs are highly specialized to desert life and almost exclusively in arid, sandy regions. Fennecs are so well adapted to their Saharan climate that they don’t need to drink.



5. Who are it’s enemies, and how does it defend itself?

Little is known about what animals prey on fennecs, though it seems safe to say that some do. Fennec dens are designed for quick escape, and the sand-colored fur which aids stalking of prey may also help them evade detection by larger, fiercer animals. Excellent hearing surely allows fennec foxes to locate and avoid predators.


Eann French