They are also known as “desert foxes” as they dwell in the harsh, unforgiving sand dunes of the Sahara and North Africa. They avoid the daytime heat and are entirely nocturnal. Moreover, their extremely large batlike ears help radiate excess body heat to the surrounding environment and keep the foxes cool.
While there is no major risk to its populations, and they are not generally suffering from habitat loss, they are still at risk from the hunting and illegal pet trade: these foxes are caught and sold commercially in northern parts of Africa.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No