The Niabi Zoo Welcomes 4 Fennec Foxes
The Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, IL has gained new tiny little Fennec Foxes and they are adorable!
According to WQAD, the Niabi Zoo animal family grew after the birth of 4 Fennec Foxes. According to the Niabi Zoo, Fennec Foxes are native to the Sahara and Sinai deserts of North Africa, and are active hunters of small mammals and reptiles. We won't think of them as active hunters because right now, they are the most precious things in the world!
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About the Fennec Fox according to the Niabi Zoo:
Scientific Name: Vulpes zerda
Small but Mighty
The smallest fox in the canid family, the Fennec fox weighs in at about 3.5 pounds. The most distinctive Fennec fox feature is their large pinnae (ears). The long ears average about 6 inches and are thought to help dissipate heat and to pinpoint prey moving in the sand.
Fennec fox are highly adapted to the arid, desert climates of their African habitats. They have fur between and around their feet to insulate against the hot sand and to eliminate sinking into the sand as well. Due to their nocturnal lifestyle and burrowing habits that lessen water loss, they are able to go long spans of time without water. Their pelage coloration deflects heat and allows them to camouflage in the desert areas, protecting them against predators.
According to WQAD, the zoo says the 4 kits were born on January 8th to a 3 year old male by the name of Jelani and 9 year old female by the name of Pika.