Fennec

Fennec The Fennec (Vulpes zerda) is the smallest of the family Canidae, (the canines). It has, however, the largest ears of the canids. With its oversized ears, they can hear their predators from far away, while blending in with the desert with their sandy colored fur. They have different features to cope with the burning sand in the desert. They have thick fur on their paws to protect them. Furthermore, they are nocturnal and lose heat through their large ears. Fennecs are hunted by humans, even though it is not a threat to any human interests. Some people keep Fennecs as pets.

Keywords: nocturnal

Which zoos have them?
Artis (Netherlands) and Saint Louis Zoological Park (United States)

The Fennec fox is listed as Data Deficient (DD), inadequate information to make a direct, or indirect, assessment of its risk of extinction, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the fennec
A fennec group is called a 'skulk'.
Some facts about the
Fennec

Adult weight : 1.25 kg (2.75 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 16 years

Female maturity :274 days

Male maturity : 274 days

Gestation : 51 days

Weaning : 66 days

Litter size : 2

Litters per year : 1

Interval between litters : 365 days

Weight at birth : 0.026 kg (0.0572 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 3 W

Body mass : 1.159 kg (2.5498 lbs)

Temperature : 38.85 °C (101.93 °F)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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