Bat-eared Fox - All ears
A Bat-eared Fox on full alert, using its ginormous ears for detecting the slightest of noise.
This animal is greatly loved in Namibia. It preys on especially termites (it can hear them burrowing in their tunnels underground - thus the large ears) and other insects which causes damage to crop farmers etc. It is also highly protected by the Government. Illegal killing of this animal hardy exists.
The bat-eared fox is a species of fox found on the African savanna, named for its large ears, which are used for thermoregulation. Fossil records show this canid to first appear during the middle Pleistocene, about 800,000 years ago. It is considered a basal canid species, resembling ancestral forms of the family.
The bat-eared fox has tawny fur with black ears, legs and parts of the pointed face. It averages 55 cm in length , with ears 13 cm long. It is the only species in the genus.. more