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Fennec Fox



TYPE: Mammals
DIET: Omnivore: grasshoppers, locusts, small rodents,

lizards, birds, eggs, roots, fruits and leaves
GROUP NAME: Skulk or Leash



14 to 16 inches

TAIL LENGTH: 7 to 12 inches

WEIGHT: 2 to 3 pounds


1. Fennec foxes live in small family groups consisting of a monogamous pair and their offspring. Both parents actively participate in raising their young, creating a strong bond within the family unit. The young ones learn essential survival skills from their parents, ensuring their success in the harsh desert environment.


2. Fennec foxes are primarily found in the Sahara Desert, some other arid regions of North Africa and parts of the Middle East.


3. Fennec foxes are omnivorous creatures with a varied diet. Their bodies have adapted to extract water from their food, minimizing their need for direct water intake.


4. Fennec foxes have an intriguing way of communicating. They use a combination of vocalizations, such as barks, whines, and purrs, as well as body language to express themselves. These communication skills are crucial for social bonding, mating rituals, and establishing territories. Our North Carolina fennec foxes love talking to visitors.


5. Surviving in the scorching desert requires exceptional temperature regulation skills. Fennec foxes have specialized kidneys that allow them to conserve water efficiently. They can withstand high temperatures by releasing heat through their ears and panting, thereby preventing overheating.


6. Fennec foxes possess remarkable agility, making them excellent runners and climbers. Their nimble movements on the sandy terrain almost resemble a dance. They effortlessly traverse the dunes, showcasing their adaptability and grace in the unforgiving desert landscape.


7. Living in extreme environments requires special adaptations. Fennec foxes have fur-covered paws that protect them from the hot sand, allowing them to move comfortably without burning their feet. Additionally, their keen senses help them locate underground food sources, compensating for the scarcity of prey in the desert.


8. The construction skills of fennec foxes are truly remarkable. They dig complex burrows that can extend up to 30 feet in length. These intricate networks consist of multiple chambers, including sleeping quarters, food storage areas, and even emergency exits. Such engineering ensures their survival and well-being in the harsh desert environment.


9. Fennec foxes have been known to use their tails to cover their faces during sandstorms, protecting their delicate eyes and noses.


10. Despite their small size, they can run at an impressive speed of up to 20 miles per hour.


11. These remarkable creatures teach us valuable lessons about resilience, adaptability, and the wonders of nature.


12. Fennec foxes do not hibernate. They remain active throughout the year, adapting to the seasonal variations in their desert habitat.


13. Our Fennec Foxes here at Liberty Acres love North Carolina. They love cuddling and play and attention.

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