Drusillas Park Zoo Animals:Photos of Fennec Foxes
Fennec Foxes: My favourite animals
There are many animals that I love, but Fennec Foxes are my all time favourite. They are so beautiful, but in a strange way, the ears look like they belong on an animal at least twice the size! I had never seen them before they arrived at Drusillas Park Zoo, but as soon as I saw the pictures of them as animals coming soon I fell in love with them. When they first arrived at Drusillas they were very shy and hid away most of the time. These days they are more friendly and they are normally out and about exploring their enclosure or snuggled up. There are only two Fennec Foxes at Drusillas at the moment, but it is a male and a female, so you never know!!! The first time the Fennec Foxes at Drusillas had babies I sat there for four hours to get photos of them, I did in the end!!! :)
The fennec fox or fennec (Vulpes zerda) is a small crepuscular fox found in the Sahara of North Africa, the Sinai Peninsula, South West Israel (Arava desert) and the Arabian desert. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which also serve to dissipate heat. Its name comes from the Berber 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 is the smallest species of canid. Its coat, ears, and kidney functions have adapted to high-temperature, low-water, desert environments. Also, its hearing is sensitive enough to hear prey moving underground. It mainly eats insects, small mammals, and birds.
The fennec has a life span of up to 14 years in captivity. Its main predators are the African varieties of eagle owl, jackals, and other large mammals. Families of fennecs dig out dens in the sand for habitation and protection, which can be as large as 120 m2 (1,292 sq ft) and adjoin the dens of other families. 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. Knowledge of social interactions is limited to information gathered from captive animals. The species is usually assigned to the genus Vulpes; however, this is debated due to differences between the fennec fox and other fox species. 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. (From Wikipedia)
Location of Drusillas Park
Address: Drusillas Park, Alfriston Rd, East Sussex BN26 5QS
More about Drusillas park Zoo
Drusillas Park Zoo is a small 10-acre (4.0 ha) zoo near to Alfriston, in East Sussex, UK. Its exhibits are targeted towards children between 2 and 10 years old. It attracts between 350,000 and 370,000 visitors per year and is home to the first Hello Kitty-themed attraction in Europe. The zoo cares for both wild and domestic animals, including ring-tailed lemurs, meerkats, and penguins. There are many hands-on activities, an adventure play area separated for different age groups, an indoor soft play centre, and the Safari Express train ride that runs daily. There are also cafes, shops, and a restaurant. (From Wikipedia)
The animals there do change from time to time, so if you want to see an animal I have photographed then please check if they are still there as these photos were all taken over a period of many years.
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