The Fennec Fox is the smallest fox in the world and are identified in the wild by their unusually large ears. These nocturnal animals are native to North African deserts, and live in burrows to avoid the extreme desert heat.
These tiny omnivores maintain a diet of insects, rodents, snails, lizards, plants, fruits, roots, and eggs. By hunting at night, they use their large ears to help locate prey in the sand. The ears also help dispel any excess body heat to help keep them cool.
In their desert homes, the Fennec Fox live in family groups within their burrows of up to ten. Females have a gestation period of 50 days, with litters consisting of 2-5 kits. At 10 months old, the Fennec Fox reaches their full size of 29-41cm along with a tail length of up to 30cm.