Sahara region of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula
Arid desert regions
Body Length: 14-16 in; Tail Length: 8in; Weight: 3.3 lbs
Diet (wild):Plants, small rodents, birds, eggs, lizards, and insects.
Carnivore diet, kibble, worms, fruits and vegetables, and vitamin supplements.
About 8 years in wild; 10 - 12 years in captivity
This species is not currently listed as endangered, but trade is regulated in some countries. Fennecs are intensively hunted by native Saharan people and have become rare in some parts of northwest Africa Protected under CITES
Hunting by humans
Small canid with a sandy color coat, which provides camouflage and protection from cold desert nights. Huge ears that are used to radiate heat from the body and keep the Fennec cool. Its feet have hairy soles to protect them from the hot sand.
Social animals and may share an extensive burrow system with up to 12 other individuals.
Males mark territory with urine. They also may store surplus food in a burrow and dig it up later to eat.
High pitched yelp, low quite growl.
Fierce predators; may hide in burrows to escape predators
Plants, small rodents, birds, eggs, lizards, and insects, can also take down larger mammals such as gerbils and desert hares.
Vultures, hyenas, and jackals.
Quadruped with feet adapted to walking on hot sand.
Nocturnal hides from heat in sand burrows during the day.
It is the smallest of all foxes and has the largest relative ears. It also seems to be completely independent of the need to drink.