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Fennec Fox

Fennec foxes are small (weigh up to 3 pounds) nocturnal mammals native to the dry desert regions of northern Africa. They have distinctive large ears that help them radiate heat and keep cool in hot climates. Like most foxes, fennec foxes, dig burrows in which they sleep, raise their young, and… Learn More


Does the harvest for wildlife trade or captive breeding of this species harm wild populations?

Significant Cause for Concern

  • Little known about status of wild population but thought to be declining
  • Wild individuals harvested for the pet trade and hunted for fur

Invasive Threat

Does the release or escape of this species into the wild harm the environment and/or economy?

Little Cause for Concern

  • Little information, but avid digging can result in escape from enclosures

Ease of Care

Does harvest, captive breeding, transport, or being kept as a pet harm individual animals?

Significant Cause for Concern

  • Research indicates animals stressed in captivity
  • Highly susceptible to canine diseases but vaccines not readily available

Health Risks

Does this animal pose a health risk to native wildlife, humans, livestock and agriculture?

Some Cause for Concern

  • May carry diseases of risk to humans and domestic dogs
  • May bite if threatened

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