Essay on Fennec Fox: The World's Smallest Fox

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Fennec Fox A Fennec fox is the world’s smallest fox. These kinds of foxes are most well known for their large ears that are very useful in everyday life. Fennec foxes have many interesting characteristics that make them very unique in the environment in which they live. These little animals are the smallest of all canines, which is Latin for dog. The Fennec, or desert fox, is a fitting name for this tiny fox. Vulpes is the Latin name for fox and is the genus name for true foxes. Some believe Fennecs are related to the Chihuahua, but they are not. Dogs have more chromosomes than foxes, which makes it impossible for them to breed a Fennec fox. Others consider the Fennec fox to be a relative of the American Kit Fox or the African Pale Fox, …show more content…
There are many different ideas on the endangerment on Fennec foxes.
These species of foxes are not endangered but, as said by the Mother Nature Network, “Although the International Union for Conservation of Nature doesn't list Fennec foxes as endangered yet, conservationists are concerned the species may soon be threatened.” The CITES website says, "Species not necessarily threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival." The current conservation status for the Fennec fox is Least Concern as they are hunted, and also sold as Exotic Pets. The Fennec fox lives in hot, sandy places.
These foxes live in the Sahara desert and other places in North America. A Fennec fox's fur color is a cream color to blend in with the sand to hide from predators. Their fur is long and thick which helps insulate them during cold nights and protects them from hot sun during the day. The Fennec has huge ears that help it stay cool in the Sahara. Even the bottoms of their feet are covered with fur to protect their feet from the hot sand. The heat escapes quickly from large, flat surfaces and cools the fox's whole body. A Fennec fox can escape the heat by digging shallow burrows in the sand. Their diet is very different from other

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