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Fennec Fox

By Maiwand
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.

Tags: Captive Nature Zoo Fox Pets and captive animals

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
29 Nov 2012 4:28PM
What enchanting creatures, Ron, and superbly captured (must have been very clean glass Grin) Carol

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johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 4:29PM
Beautiful little creatures Ron, like the composition and balanced tones. The glass seems to have had little impact on the quality. Good work

NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
29 Nov 2012 4:32PM
Great description..............very informative..........GrinGrinGrin
witchcraft 9 27 5 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 4:38PM
Don't like the frame but I really like the picture - well done and well posed by the "models"

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 4:43PM
Interesting description and image Ron.


ps, I like the frame myself.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 4:49PM
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
andy p 13
29 Nov 2012 4:53PM
Very nicely capture.....looks like they are in the wilds, not in a zoo.Grin
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
29 Nov 2012 4:54PM
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.
29 Nov 2012 5:04PM
Super image Ron,
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
29 Nov 2012 5:04PM
Adorable little guys! Wonderfully captured and written up.! Patti SmileSmileSmile
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 5:08PM
Great shot Ron, they are so cute.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
29 Nov 2012 5:41PM
They are very dear--- a great and lovely image!
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
29 Nov 2012 5:59PM
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
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 7:01PM
Everything about this piece screams quality, from the pre-narrative through to the final presentation.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 7:11PM
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


PS Went to shortlist, but Awards are disabled?Sad
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 7:42PM
Adorable animals, very well captured and presented, Ron. Excellent narrative also.

29 Nov 2012 7:57PM
What real cuties Ron - and the image doesn't appear to show its through glass! Enjoyed the write up too! Lou
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
29 Nov 2012 8:24PM
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.

BrianSS 11 400 39 England
29 Nov 2012 8:53PM
A superb image of two beautiful animals GrinGrin
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 8:57PM
Lucky getting this one Ron, have seen and tried
very difficult..maybe refraze that .. expertly got!
a great shot
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
29 Nov 2012 9:03PM
This is a beautiful image Ron - what delightful little animals they are. Great shot through glass.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
29 Nov 2012 9:06PM
Mucho thanks everyone.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
29 Nov 2012 9:59PM
excellent colours and detail, great write-up, too
Mike_Smith Plus
10 486 1 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 10:59PM
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
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
29 Nov 2012 11:54PM
A lovely capture......Sandy
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
30 Nov 2012 3:02AM
Given the circumstances, I don't think this could have come out any better Ron, good narrative as well mate....

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 9:11AM
why did you disable awards thenSmile I was ready to give one for this picture which is absolutely gorgeous
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 9:26AM
Very well captured, quite amazing and I would never have known it was through glass.
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 12:18PM
Fascinating animal and equally great writeup. Learned something new today.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
30 Nov 2012 12:39PM
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.
MossyOak 6 22 15 England
30 Nov 2012 5:36PM
This has come out very well at 1/15th second Ron. Where was it taken, these are superb animals
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
30 Nov 2012 8:04PM
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,,
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
30 Nov 2012 8:28PM
Thanks very much everyone. For your info awards were disabled in error !!!!SadSadSad
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
30 Nov 2012 8:35PM
SUPERB! No words to describe! Ann.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 10:22PM
Oh, aren't they beautiful with those big ears?
30 Nov 2012 10:26PM
A beautiful pair, very well photographed and superbly presented.

Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
1 Dec 2012 10:16AM
Beautiful shot, wonderfully detailed.

1 Dec 2012 11:36PM
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.

2 Dec 2012 11:31AM
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
2 Dec 2012 12:39PM
gorgeous shot Ron were abouts in suffolk as i'm going there feb and might like to go there myself
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 2:04PM
How beautiful! Grin Lovely shot, well seen. Very interesting subjects! IB
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
2 Dec 2012 4:53PM
Absolutely delightful, Ron. Cracking detail and composition. Would never have thought this was through glass. Love it Smile
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
2 Dec 2012 6:31PM
I have heard of them via Wilbur Smith but never seen them before,Thts an" aw "factor and a half ,Ron
A Booth 15 11 4 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2012 12:00PM
excellent capture even through glass, lovely detail and an opportunity to see a rare fox.
3 Dec 2012 2:15PM
Hi nRon great capture love it, super to see you thoroughly enjoyed the pleasure of your comany, thought better visit the site , regards gray
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
3 Dec 2012 10:35PM
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
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
4 Dec 2012 9:13AM
Thanks to everyone.
Tibetan 5 3 England
11 Dec 2012 1:47PM
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
14 Dec 2012 11:07AM
oh thats a gorgeous shot, what lovely looking animals
LexEquine 12 19 United States
16 Dec 2012 5:54PM
'What A Superlative {5 STARs*****} Foxes Image!' ~ LEx Wink
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 8:58PM
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
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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