Bat Eared Fox
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Bat Eared Fox

The bat-eared fox is a small African fox known for its enormous ears, which are over 5 inches (13 centimeters) long. The ears are full of blood vessels that shed heat and help keep the fox cool; they also give the animal a very good sense of hearing.

Bat-eared foxes are sandy gray with lighter fur on the belly and darker fur around the eyes, muzzle, backs of the ears, feet, and tail tip. The inside of the ears and a band across the forehead are white or buff. Its wide habitat range matches that of its favorite food, the harvester termite.

Fun Facts

  • The Bat-eared fox eats insects – termites, grasshoppers, scorpions, spiders, millipedes. Also rodents, lizards, fruits, and eggs!
  • Bat-eared foxes have more teeth (48) than most mammals.
  • They communicate with each other using their ears and tail, as well as a variety of soft whistles. Bat-eared foxes have nine different calls.

About Halali & Leonard

Halali and Leonard are very different from each other in personality. Halali is very friendly and inquisitive. She likes to come right up to the keepers and will talk to them with happy grunts and chirps. Leonard is a shy and sensitive boy. Once he has gotten to know someone he will trust them, but he prefers to let Halali take the lead. They like to curl up together on exhibit to sleep during the day. They both like to play with toys that allow them to use their large ears , such as a plastic ball with holes in it that has been filled with mealworms!

Conservation Status:
Least Concern
Extinct Threatened Least

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