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Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda) – a predatory mammal and a species of the family Canidae. It is found in the arid and desert areas of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa.

It is considered the largest mammalian predator of the Sahara, even though it is the smallest representative of the family Canidae. Attains a length of 30-40 cm.

The males attain a body weight of around 1.5 kg, females approximately 0.8 kg. It has distinctive large ears, growing to 5cm, providing it with an excellent sense of hearing and an effective means of cooling its body. The fennec fox is a night animal, it sleeps in burrows. It eats grasshoppers, beetles, also hunts birds and rodents.

At present (2016), six individuals – a breeding pair, a one-year old male, and three puppies born this year – live in our zoo.

Female fennec fox – Tina is being care for by Mr and Ms Kulik-Mościccy.


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