Bat-Eared Fox

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Scientific Name: Otocyon megalotis

The bat-eared fox’s most definitive feature are its large spoon-like ears (from which it gets its name). The body is a dirty-brown colour and the legs are black.

Characteristics

Distribution
There are two distinct populations of bat-eared foxes. These can be found in East and southern Africa.

Social structure
These carnivores pair for life. They may be seen in groups made up of their offspring. There is seldom record of more than one pair of adults occupying a den.

Range differentiation

Habitat
They prefer open country and are common on farmlands.

Feeding
Their main source of food is the harvester termite but they also eat other insects and sometimes fruit.

Breeding
The births coincide with the rainy season when termites are at their most active. Young are born after a gestation period of around two months.

The distinctive ears of the Bat-Eared fox

Bat-eared foxes use their large ears for picking up movements of their prey.
Two Bat-Eared foxes can sense the termites underground

Bat-eared foxes can pick up the movements of termites underground with their huge ears.