Fennec Fox
Vulpes zerda

Weighing three to 3.5 pounds, the fennec fox is the world's smallest canid.


Home Range
Northern Africa, Sinai and Arabian peninsulas

Deserts, arid areas

Vegetation, rodents, birds, and their eggs, lizards, insects

Two to five young

Social Structure
Travels in family groups, in pairs, or alone; active at night

Fun Facts
Those satellite-dish ears help the fox hunt at night—it can hear prey moving underground—and keep cool.

Fur on the soles of the fennec fox's feet help protect them from hot sand.

Please note: There are no fennec foxes at the Zoo.