CLICK HERE TO SPONSOR OUR FENNEC FOXES!
Your donation of $50 will help care for the fox, buying food, bedding, toys, and vet care.
With your sponsorship you will receive
- 8.5×11 color photo of the fox
- fox bio
- fox button
- fox plush
- adoption certificate with your name. Your name will also be listed in The Wildlife Sanctuary as a Fennec Fox sponsor for the year.
Thank you for your continued support of The Wildlife Sanctuary.
Fun Facts about Fennec Foxes
- The fennec is a Small nocturnal fox found in North Africa.
- The name “fennec” comes from the Arabic word for fox.
- The fennec is the smallest species of canid in the world.
- The fennec fox weighs about 1.5–3.5 lb
- Its hearing is sensitive enough to hear prey moving underground.
- The fennec has a life span of up to 12 years in the wild.
- Its main predators include the caracal and the African varieties of eagle owl.
- When content, they make a sound much like purring in cats.
- Families of fennecs dig out dens in sand for habitation and protection.
- Precise population figures are not known.
- The fennec is currently not threatened by extinction.
- They have enormous ears (up to 6 inches long) which are used to dissipate body heat to allow the fox to cool off in their natural environment.
- They also pant very rapidly when hot. Conversely, they will often shiver (as a means to warm up) if it drops below 68 F (20 C).
- The soles of its feet are protected from the hot desert sand by thick fur.
- Much remains unknown of their basic ecology and behavior in the wild
- An individual can jump up to 2 ft (61 cm) high and 4 ft (120 cm) forward, which helps it catch prey and escape predators
- Fennec foxes are commonly trapped for sale to the pet trade and for fur by the human population of Northern Africa.