Bat-eared Fox {Otocyon megalotis}

The Bat-eared Fox is the only canid to have largely abandoned mammalian prey in favour of insects

South Africa WildlifeBat-eared Fox {Otocyon megalotis}

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.

Quick Facts

Size

Body length: 50-60cm
Tail: 30-35cm
Stands: 35-40cm

Weight

Weight: 3-4.5kg

Habitat

Open woodland, grassy plains.

Distribution

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.

Socialisation

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.

Reproduction

After a gestation period of two months, the female gives birth to 2-3 young.

Gestation

Two months

Life Expectancy

12 years

Predators

  • Humans
  • Hyenas
  • Jackals
  • African Wild Dogs
  • Rock Pythons
  • Cheetahs
  • Large birds of prey
  • Many others
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Bat-eared Fox
Conservation Status

  • Least Threatened

South Africa's Big Five

Did you know?

Bat-eared foxes mate for life, and sometimes two females will mate with one male and share a communal den.

The father is very invested in the rearing of young, and he spends a great deal of time caring for them.

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