Ok, maybe it’s because Im a little bias since I love all foxes so much, but I really do think Fennec Foxes are the cutest creatures on Earth. They are like a cross between a puppy and a kitten that never grows up! Look at those eyes! And those ears! Aren’t they the most adorable creatures you’ve ever seen?! Try and tell me I’m lying!
ABOUT THE FENNEC FOX
Vulpes zerda, more commonly referred to as the fennec fox, is the smallest of all the world’s foxes. But its large ears, measuring 6 inches, appear to be on loan from a bigger relative. Fennec foxes are 2-3 lb. canines with ears as large as 6 inches in length and they are indigenous to South Africa.
Fennec foxes dwell in the sandy Sahara and elsewhere in North Africa. Their nocturnal habits help them deal with the searing heat of the desert environment, and some physical adaptations help as well.
Their distinctive, batlike ears radiate body heat and help keep the foxes cool. They also have long, thick hair that insulates them during cold nights and protects them from hot sun during the day. Even the fox’s feet are hairy, which helps them perform like snowshoes and protects them from extremely hot sand. The fox’s feet are also effective shovels for frequent digging—fennec foxes live in underground dens.
Diet and Behavior
These foxes dwell in small communities, each inhabited by perhaps ten individuals. Like other canids, male fennecs mark their territory with urine and become aggressive competitors when mating season arrives each year.
Fennec foxes are opportunistic eaters. They forage for plants but also eat rodents, eggs, reptiles, and insects. Like most desert dwellers, the fennec fox has developed the ability to go for long periods without water.
These foxes are cream-colored with black-tipped tails. Their adorable appearance makes them favorites of the captive pet trade, and local peoples also hunt the fennec fox for its fur. Little is known about the status of wild fennec fox populations.
-Fennecs can be found purring like a cat when they are happy.
-They are very social animals and live in colonies in the wild of up to 10 other foxes.
-They are listed as threatened in the wild by CITES.
-Fennec foxes are the smallest wild canid.
-During breeding season, vixens may develop “love handles,” or alopecia on their sides.
-Vixens are similar to felines in that they are seasonally polyestrous.
-Fennecs must remain warm and will shiver if the air temperature goes below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
-They are nocturnal, but do like to lie out in the sun.
-Fennec foxes can climb out of outdoor enclosures, and dig up to twenty feet underground a night, so it is important to provide a secure area for them to exercise in.
-They have a scent gland located on the tip of their tail that can give off a musky odor when the fox is startle.
-Fennecs can survive up to 14 years in captivity if well cared for.
Fennecs can also be fed supplemental fruits, raw meat, veggies, crickets, mealworms, eggs, and rodents alongside their formulated diet. Is a fennec the right pet for you?
Well, Fennec foxes can make great pets since they can be easily trained to use a litter box and are fed an accessible high-quality dog or cat food, such as the Mazuri Exotic Canine Diet. But keep in mind that they can be HIGHLY destructive due their high energy lifestyle.