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Location: ZOO, Wrocław, Poland
Specie: Fennec Fox

The fennec fox or fennec (Vulpes zerda) is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara of North Africa. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which serve to dissipate heat. Its name comes from the Arabic word فنك (fanak), which means fox, and the species name zerda comes from the Greek word xeros which means dry, referring to the fox’s habitat. The fennec is the smallest species of canid in the world. Its coat, ears, and kidney functions have adapted to high-temperature, low-water, desert environments. In addition, its hearing is sensitive enough to hear prey moving underground. It mainly eats insects, small mammals, and birds.

The fennec has a life span of up to 14 years in captivity. Its main predators are the African varieties of eagle owl. Families of fennecs dig out dens in sand for habitation and protection, which can be as large as 120 m2 (1,292 sq ft) and adjoin the dens of other families. Precise population figures are not known but are estimated from the frequency of sightings; these indicate that the animal is currently not threatened by extinction. Knowledge of social interactions is limited to information gathered from captive animals. The species is usually assigned to the genus Vulpes; however, this is debated due to differences between the fennec fox and other fox species. The fennec’s fur is prized by the indigenous peoples of North Africa, and in some parts of the world, the animal is considered an exotic pet.

Date taken: 04.05.2014
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
1/1250s * F/4.0 * 200mm * ISO250

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  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicks7 months ago

    An amazing capture Dominika – what is he grinning about…..?

  • Very bright sunlight. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • David Lamb
    David Lamb7 months ago

    Great shot, looks like a cartoon fox!

  • Thank you. :) He’s really cute.

    – Dominika Aniola

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB6 months ago

    May 12, 2014

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you! :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Riko2us
    Riko2us6 months ago

    great work!

  • Thank you very much. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boily6 months ago

    this is really impressive! I don’t think we have any specimen in Quebec. In the zoo I mean. great shot Dominika ;)

  • Thank you. :) This was the first time I was able to see this little guy outside. Most of the time he’s hiding somewhere, pretty shy creature. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Roddy Atkinson
    Roddy Atkinson6 months ago

    hehe… what a face! Great capture!

  • Thank you Roddy. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
  • Thank you!

    – Dominika Aniola

  • dgscotland
    dgscotland5 months ago

    I better not say anything about him as he will hear me ;-)

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  • Hah, he’s evil. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randall3 months ago

    25 Aug 2014


  • Thanks Steve!!

    – Dominika Aniola

  • MotherNature
    MotherNature3 months ago

    Wonderful picture! It looks like it’s planning mischief – my favorite kind of animal – smart and full of character! Congratulations on your feature – FAVE:>)

  • Thank you very much. :))

    – Dominika Aniola

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