The Fennec Fox is the smallest of all the world’s foxes, but its large ears, measuring 6 inches (15 centimeters), appear to be on loan from a bigger relative. Fennec foxes dwell in the sandy Sahara and elsewhere in North Africa and Asia from Morocco through Egypt and eat in Kuwait. Their nocturnal habits help them deal with the searing heat of the desert environment, and some physical adaptations help as well.
Their distinctive, batlike ears radiate body heat and help keep the foxes cool. Like most desert dwellers, the fennec fox has developed the ability to go for long periods without water. Their adorable appearance makes them favorites of the captive pet trade, and local peoples also hunt the fennec fox for its fur. Little is known about the status of wild fennec fox populations.
We know that fennecs can live up to 14 years in captivity. Their main predator is African eagle owl varieties. Because the fennec fox lives in the desert, it is well adapt to function well in high-temperature, low-water environments.
The fennec fox can hear prey – small mammals, insects – moving underground. They also hunt birds. Fennecs spend much of their time searching for food but they also enjoy playing and socializing.