Bat Eared Fox

Bat-Eared Fox

Otocyon megalotis


Quick Facts
Body Length: 18.1 to 22.9 inches
Tail Length 9.5 to 13.4 inches
Weight: 6.6 to 9.9 pounds
Distribution: Two populations: the southern population from southern Zambia to South Africa; the northern population from Ethiopia to Tanzania 
Habitat: Open grasslands 
Wild Diet: Insects and other invertebrates, small rodents and reptiles, fruits, and bird eggs 
Zoo Diet: Canine chow, crickets, mice, ribs, chopped fruit, ground meat, and vegetables

The upper body of the bat-eared fox is yellow-brown to gray. The throat, under parts, and insides of the ears are pale, while the outside of the ears, mask, lower legs, feet and tail tip are black. The outer ears are very large and aide in directional hearing. The fur is long, soft, and thick. The bat-eared fox's legs are relatively short. Its teeth and associated jaw muscles appear to be adapted for rapidly chewing insect prey.

Status in the Wild

Bat-eared foxes are not considered endangered. They are sometimes hunted for their fur or because they are perceived as threats to livestock.

Conservation Programs

Listed as of “least concern" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).

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