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Fennec Foxes

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The fennec fox, or fennec, is a small crepuscular fox found in the Sahara of North Africa, the Sinai Peninsula, South East Israel and the Arabian desert.

Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in the Middle East, on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea.

A desert is a barren area of land where little precipitation occurs and consequently living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life.

The Sinai Peninsula or simply Sinai is a peninsula in Egypt, and the only part of the country located in Asia.

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Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which also serve to dissipate heat.

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Its name comes from the Berber-Arabic word, which means fox.

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The fennec is the smallest species of canid.

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Its coat, ears, and kidney functions have adapted to high-temperature, low-water, desert environments.

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs found on the left and right sides of the body in vertebrates.

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Also, its hearing is sensitive enough to hear prey moving underground.

Predation is a biological interaction where one organism, the predator, kills and eats another organism, its prey.

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It mainly eats insects, small mammals, and birds.

Birds, also known as Aves, are a group of endothermic vertebrates, characterised by feathers, toothless beaked jaws, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a strong yet lightweight skeleton.

Insects or Insecta are hexapod invertebrates and the largest group within the arthropod phylum.

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The fennec has a life span of up to 14 years in captivity and about 10 years in the wild.

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Its main predators are the African varieties of eagle owl, jackals, and other large mammals.

Jackals are medium-sized omnivorous mammals of the genus Canis, which also includes wolves, coyotes and the domestic dog.

The American horned owls and the Old World eagle-owls make up the genus Bubo, at least as traditionally described.

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Families of fennecs dig out dens in the sand for habitation and protection, which can be as large as 120 m2 and adjoin the dens of other families.

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Precise population figures are not known but are estimated from the frequency of sightings; these indicate that the animal is currently not threatened by extinction.

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Knowledge of social interactions is limited to information gathered from captive animals.

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The species is usually assigned to the genus Vulpes; however, this is debated due to differences between the fennec fox and other fox species.

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The fennec's fur is prized by the indigenous peoples of North Africa, and in some parts of the world, the animal is considered an exotic pet.

An exotic pet is a rare or unusual animal pet: an animal kept within human households which is relatively unusual to keep or is generally thought of as a wild species rather than as a pet.

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