Fennec Fox
Fennec fox
Fennec Foxes are recognized by their sandy-coloured fur and large ears
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Family: Canidae
Tribe: Vulpini
Genus: Vulpes
Species: V. zerda
Binomial name
Vulpes zerda
(Zimmermann, 1780)
Fennec range
Range of V. zerda

The Fennec Fox, Vulpes zerda, is a small species of fox found in the deserts of Northern Africa. A member of the Canidae family, the Fennec is also currently the smallest fox species known on Earth.

Other names



Illustration of a Fennec Fox by Vara.

The Fennec Fox has large, bat-like ears which serve two functions - to act as radars for listening to its surroundings and as well as to cool itself off while surviving in the humid conditions of the deserts in which it is found in. They have pointed snouts and a rather large head in comparison to its body size. They have four small paws covered in delicate fur. 

Their fur is a dominant creamish brown colour while the tip of their tails tend to be darker. 

Similar species






Found throughout the Sahara Desert. Fennecs typically live in underground burrows in which it is cooler throughout the day.


  1. ^ Asa CS, Valdespino C, Cuzin F, de Smet K & Jdeidi T (2008). "Vulpes zerda". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 

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