The fennec comes from the sandy parts of North Africa. This predator is perfectly adapted to its life in desert conditions. It is well protected from big temperature fluctuations by its thick fur. Its enormous ears serve as temperature regulators and are useful in locating even the faintest sounds made by insects, snails, lizards or small rodents. The fennec is the smallest species of dog-like mammals (Canidae) in the world – it weighs only about 1 kg. Despite being so small, it is an excellent hunter thanks to its agility, which also helps when the
fennec needs to quickly dig burrows in the sand.
- Latin name: Vulpes zerda
- IUCN – Red List – LC – Least Concern
- CITES – Appendix II
- ESB – Species or subspecies for which regional, European studbook exists.