Fennec Fox

Mason Meeks

Classification


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Canidae

Genus: Vulpes



Scientific Name: Vulpes Zerda

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About the Fennec Fox

The Fennec Fox is a fox, therefore, it is related to all other foxes, the wolf, and certain breeds of dogs . Fennecs live in Northern Africa in the deserts of the Sahara. They deal with the intense heat of their environment through their thick fur and nocturnal ways. The fennecs ears are massive compared to their tiny heads. This is because their ears are for regulating body heat. The Fennec Fox is an omnivore and its main diet is insects, fruits, rodents, and eggs. The color of their fur helps them blend in. They are a playful species a and often make loud, silly noises. Fennec foxes are small but they move extremely fast. In adulthood, they can jump up to 1 meter standing still! This trait helps fennecs capture prey. These foxes live with about 10 other fennecs in groups called packs. The males mark their territory with urine and are very protective during the mating season.

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Interesting Fact

Fennec Foxes are one of the main pets owned by many African Tribes. It is also a popular exotic pet in the United States.

Endangerment Status

Fortunately, they are not endangered and their population is considered to be in the "least concern".