Bat-Eared Fox

Introducing the bat-eared fox, a fascinating member of the canine family known for its distinctive large ears and unique adaptations! Despite its name, the bat-eared fox is not closely related to bats but is rather a species of fox found in the savannas and grasslands of Africa.







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The bat-eared fox is a small mammal native to the savannas and grasslands of Africa. It's easily identifiable by its large ears, which can grow up to 13 centimeters in length, resembling those of a bat.

Despite its name, the bat-eared fox is not closely related to bats but is actually a member of the canid family, which includes dogs, wolves, and other foxes.


The lifespan of a bat-eared fox typically ranges from 10 to 15 years in the wild.

However, in captivity, they may live longer, with some individuals reaching up to 17 years or more with proper care and nutrition.

Weight & Diet

Bat-eared foxes are relatively small, weighing between 3 to 5 kilograms on average.

As for their diet, they are primarily insectivorous, with termites making up a significant portion of their food intake. They also consume other insects such as beetles and grasshoppers, as well as small vertebrates like rodents, birds, and eggs when available. Occasionally, they may supplement their diet with fruits and vegetation.

Did You Know?

  • Their ears are not only large but also extremely sensitive, allowing them to hear the faint sounds of insects underground.
  • Bat-eared foxes can consume thousands of termites in a single night!
  • Baby bat-eared foxes, called kits, are born in litters of up to six pups and are cared for by both parents.
  • They use a variety of vocalizations, including barks, whines, and growls, to communicate with each other.