Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The fennec fox (Vulpes Zerda), also known as the fennec, is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara in North Africa as well as in the Arabian peninsula. The name comes from the Arabic word (Fanak), which means fox, and the species name Zerda comes from the Greek word Xeros which means dry, referring to the fox's habitat. The fennec fox is the national animal of Algeria. It was first described in 1780 by German zooloist Eberhard August Wilhelm von Zimmermann. Due to their cuteness, they are being held in captivity, which is making it difficult to increase its conservation status. For now, they are listed under the category of least concern. They are the smallest of all the foxes and all of the canines. Its mos distinctive feature is its large ears that help it cool down with blood pressure during the heat. Their ears also detect the slightest vibration under ground like a beetle larva. The fox has a lifespan of 14 years in captivity. Most animals live longer lives in captivity than in the wild. In the movie Zootopia, Finnick is a fennec fox and in the show Oscar's Oasis, Popy is also a fennec fox. It's not too confusing to tell what animal they are.