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The Fennec Fox (vulpes zerda)

The fennec fox is the smallest of all the world's foxes, but its large ears, measuring 6 inches (15 centimeters), appear to be on loan from a bigger relative.

Fennec foxes dwell in the sandy Sahara and elsewhere in North Africa. Their nocturnal habits help them deal with the searing heat of the desert environment, and some physical adaptations help as well.

Their distinctive, batlike ears radiate body heat and help keep the foxes cool. They also have long, thick hair that insulates them during cold nights and protects them from hot sun during the day. Even the fox's feet are hairy, which helps them perform like snowshoes and protects them from extremely hot sand. The fox's feet are also effective shovels for frequent digging—fennec foxes live in underground dens.

These foxes dwell in small communities, each inhabited by perhaps ten individuals. Like other canids, male fennecs mark their territory with urine and become aggressive competitors when mating season arrives each year.

Fennec foxes are opportunistic eaters. They forage for plants but also eat rodents, eggs, reptiles, and insects. Like most desert dwellers, the fennec fox has developed the ability to go for long periods without water.

These foxes are cream-colored with black-tipped tails. Their adorable appearance makes them favorites of the captive pet trade, and local peoples also hunt the fennec fox for its fur. Little is known about the status of wild fennec fox populations.
( Courtesy of Wikipedia )
Found these little beauties at a zoo in Suffolk during my recent few days break. Had to shoot thro glass but I think they are beautiful and I hope you will like them also. I have never seen one before.
I offer my very appreciative thanks for the lovely response to the Lapwing and particular thanks due to Lillian. Ken ( Franken), Carol (Carol G), Jennn (Taggart) and Glyn (Glyn !) for the UA.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Oct 2012 - 12:38 PM
Focal Length:70mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/15sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Fennec Fox
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:29 Nov 2012 - 4:23 PM
Tags:Captive., Fox, Nature, Pets / captive animals, Zoo
Votes:94
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 4:28 PM

What enchanting creatures, Ron, and superbly captured (must have been very clean glass Grin) Carol

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johnjo58
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29 Nov 2012 - 4:29 PM

Beautiful little creatures Ron, like the composition and balanced tones. The glass seems to have had little impact on the quality. Good work

David

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NaturesHaven
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29 Nov 2012 - 4:32 PM

Great description..............very informative..........GrinGrinGrin

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witchcraft
29 Nov 2012 - 4:38 PM

Don't like the frame but I really like the picture - well done and well posed by the "models"

Mark

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franken
franken e2 Member 113046 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 4:43 PM

Interesting description and image Ron.

Ken.

ps, I like the frame myself.

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Fefe
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29 Nov 2012 - 4:49 PM

Stunning image! I would never have guessed it was through glass, you have done a great jobGrin
Although I am not a frame fan, this works very well I thinkGrinGrin
Diane

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29 Nov 2012 - 4:53 PM

Very nicely capture.....looks like they are in the wilds, not in a zoo.Grin

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 4:54 PM

What cute wee foxes with those huge ears and intense eyes: a delightful shot of the pair, Ron, and what a full and instructive narrative too.
I don't think I have ever seen this breed before.
Ronnie.

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Badgerfred
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29 Nov 2012 - 5:04 PM

Super image Ron,
Fred.

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PattiW
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29 Nov 2012 - 5:04 PM

Adorable little guys! Wonderfully captured and written up.! Patti SmileSmileSmile

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Brian65
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29 Nov 2012 - 5:08 PM

Great shot Ron, they are so cute.
Brian

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taggart
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29 Nov 2012 - 5:41 PM

They are very dear--- a great and lovely image!

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
29 Nov 2012 - 5:59 PM

How precious are these little beauties !! I never even knew of their existence Smile Thanx for the info and photo - I've learned something new again Smile A stunning photo SmileGrinGrinGrin

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32873 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 7:01 PM

Everything about this piece screams quality, from the pre-narrative through to the final presentation.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85856 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 7:11 PM

Not sure if I have seen or heard of these beforeSmile
I have now RonWink

A very informative write-up. to go with a cracking imageGrin

Adrian

PS Went to shortlist, but Awards are disabled?Sad

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rayme330
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29 Nov 2012 - 7:42 PM

Adorable animals, very well captured and presented, Ron. Excellent narrative also.

Ray

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42289 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
29 Nov 2012 - 7:57 PM

What real cuties Ron - and the image doesn't appear to show its through glass! Enjoyed the write up too! Lou

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6602 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 8:24 PM

An exemplary capture of these foxes - detail is lovely.

I've never seen these either, and very much enjoyed your commentary. Well shot through glass.

Anne

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BrianSS
BrianSS e2 Member 7275 forum postsBrianSS vcard England35 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 8:53 PM

A superb image of two beautiful animals GrinGrin

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 8:57 PM

Lucky getting this one Ron, have seen and tried
very difficult..maybe refraze that .. expertly got!
a great shot
Lillian

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91886 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 9:03 PM

This is a beautiful image Ron - what delightful little animals they are. Great shot through glass.
Brian.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 9:06 PM

Mucho thanks everyone.
Ron

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annettep38
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29 Nov 2012 - 9:59 PM

excellent colours and detail, great write-up, too

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Mike_Smith
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29 Nov 2012 - 10:59 PM

Cracking shot i have never seen these before now, it was very interesting to read all about them too. I think sometimes on this site it would be nice if we all added a bit about different species, especially the rare wildlife like this

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Daisymaye
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29 Nov 2012 - 11:54 PM

A lovely capture......Sandy

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Ade_Osman
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30 Nov 2012 - 3:02 AM

Given the circumstances, I don't think this could have come out any better Ron, good narrative as well mate....

Ade

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pluckyfilly
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30 Nov 2012 - 9:11 AM

why did you disable awards thenSmile I was ready to give one for this picture which is absolutely gorgeous

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CaroleS
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30 Nov 2012 - 9:26 AM

Very well captured, quite amazing and I would never have known it was through glass.
Carole

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tonyng
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30 Nov 2012 - 12:18 PM

Fascinating animal and equally great writeup. Learned something new today.

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Joline
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30 Nov 2012 - 12:39 PM

Zoo photos rarely come out as well as this one. It's as though you were looking into their private parlor. The information about them is also welcome. Wonderful image which would have gotten my UA if I had been able.

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MossyOak
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30 Nov 2012 - 5:36 PM

This has come out very well at 1/15th second Ron. Where was it taken, these are superb animals
Richard

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FeatherFriend
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30 Nov 2012 - 8:04 PM

I too have never seen one Ron but what a superb shot especially taken through glass, not sure why you have disabled awards as I would had gladly given mine,,
Geoff.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2012 - 8:28 PM

Thanks very much everyone. For your info awards were disabled in error !!!!SadSadSad
Ron

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30 Nov 2012 - 8:35 PM

SUPERB! No words to describe! Ann.

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brownsilent
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30 Nov 2012 - 10:22 PM

Oh, aren't they beautiful with those big ears?
Johanna

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fificat100
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30 Nov 2012 - 10:26 PM

A beautiful pair, very well photographed and superbly presented.

Lavina

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Hop-A-Long
1 Dec 2012 - 10:16 AM

Beautiful shot, wonderfully detailed.

Andy

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Snapitt
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1 Dec 2012 - 11:36 PM

Wow! What a fantastic shot Ron. The setting is perfect. These little beauties remind me of a Butterfly dog or Papillon because of their long ears and cute little faces.

Jane

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accipiter
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2 Dec 2012 - 11:31 AM

Fabulous shot Ron, especially as taken through glass. These are similar to the Bat eared foxes of the Kalahari and Namib (Otocyon megalotis) although placed in a separate genus. A

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2 Dec 2012 - 12:39 PM

gorgeous shot Ron were abouts in suffolk as i'm going there feb and might like to go there myself

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2 Dec 2012 - 2:04 PM

How beautiful! Grin Lovely shot, well seen. Very interesting subjects! IB

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teocali
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2 Dec 2012 - 4:53 PM

Absolutely delightful, Ron. Cracking detail and composition. Would never have thought this was through glass. Love it Smile
Sylvia

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NeilWigan
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2 Dec 2012 - 6:31 PM

I have heard of them via Wilbur Smith but never seen them before,Thts an" aw "factor and a half ,Ron

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A Booth
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3 Dec 2012 - 12:00 PM

excellent capture even through glass, lovely detail and an opportunity to see a rare fox.

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Gray_ina
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3 Dec 2012 - 2:15 PM

Hi nRon great capture love it, super to see you thoroughly enjoyed the pleasure of your comany, thought better visit the site , regards gray

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3 Dec 2012 - 10:35 PM

A fabulous image of these endearing little creatures, they are posing so beautifully for you. You've done exceptionally well given the obstacles you faced

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4 Dec 2012 - 9:13 AM

Thanks to everyone.
Ron

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
11 Dec 2012 - 1:47 PM

A brilliant photo, what a lovely subject they are! a shot to be proud of here! great lighting detail and colours in fact perfect, love it, regards leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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14 Dec 2012 - 11:07 AM

oh thats a gorgeous shot, what lovely looking animals

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16 Dec 2012 - 5:54 PM

'What A Superlative {5 STARs*****} Foxes Image!' ~ LEx Wink

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UrbaneMagick
27 Dec 2012 - 8:58 PM

beyond gorgeous aren;t they Ron!!


These are what they call the desert fox yes?

Thanks for the votes & comment son my Druid Solstice series..means a lot my mate Smile
Gareth .Smile

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fatfranksfolley

To my eye a stunning capture.Through glass or not,framed or not,not an issue.The fact that there has been so much response to the capture speaks for its self.I like it.WD

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