The Bat-eared Fox is the only canid to have largely abandoned mammalian prey in favour of insects.
Characterized by large dish like ears and grey-black markings, the bat-eared Fox lives mainly in the open grasslands and grassy deserts of Southern and Central Africa.
Body length: 50-60cm
Open woodland, grassy plains.
There are two primary populations; one in South Africa and the other in East Africa.
Diet – Insectivorous
Insects, particularly termites and grasshoppers.
A small precentage of their diet includes lizards, small birds, eggs, small mammals and fruit.
Nocturnal animals, Bat-eared foxes live in pairs and both partners rear the cubs. They are mostly monogamous and breed every year, giving birth to two or three pups.
After a gestation period of two months, the female gives birth to 2-3 young.
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