The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Bat-eared Fox

Afrikaans name: Bakoorvos

Bat-eared Fox

Bat-eared Fox

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Otocyon megalotis

Interesting facts about Bat-eared Foxes

The Bat-eared Fox is a rather smaller mammal with rather large ears. The ears are around 13 cm in length. They put to good use in listening for the insects that make up the largest portion of its diet.

Two populations of Bat-eared Foxes exist. One is found in South Africa, Angola and Zambia. The other race is in Tanzania through to Ethiopia.

These animals like areas with short grass and are able to survive in arid areas.

They feed off many types of insects as well as small mammals and reptiles. They are able to get most of their water requirements from their food.

Did you know that a young fox is called a kit? The males do much of the work in rearing their young.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 200

Wild Issue 32 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 27

Wild Ways - 2nd Edition - Author: Peter Apps - Published: 2000 - Page: 82

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 70

Wild Issue 21 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 76

The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 2011 - Page: 136

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 68

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1996 - Page: 50

South African Animals in the Wild - Author: Anthony Bannister - Published: 1985 - Page: 90

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 320

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1986 - Page: 53

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 417

Questions and Answers - Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 24

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 1987 - Page: 11

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Published: 1980 - Page: 36

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Published: 1986 - Page: 105

First Field Guide to Animal Tracks of Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2003 - Page: 31

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2001 - Page: 122

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Published: 1987 - Page: 296

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Published: 1987 - Page: 67

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1997 - Page: 226

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edit - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1988 - Page: 122

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Published: 1987 - Page: 51

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Published: 1999 - Page: 73

A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife - 3rd - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2000 - Page: 42


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