Bat-eared fox

“Bat-eared fox” by Derek Keats, licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Bat-eared foxes” by Avi Alpert, licensed under CC BY SA 2.0

Common Name: Bat-eared Fox

Scientific Name: Otocyon megalotis

Conservation Status: Least Concern (Hoffmann, 2014).

Habitat: Short-grass plains, areas with bare ground, open scrub vegetation,  arid, semi-arid, or winter rainfall shrub lands, and open arid savanna (Mackie & Nel, 1989).

Range: Occurs across the arid and semi-arid regions of eastern and southern Africa in two distinct subspecies: O. m. virgatus and O. m. megalotis (Hoffmann, 2014).

Diet: Primarily feeds on insects and other arthropods such as the harvester termite and dung beetle. Also known to occasionally feed on small rodents, lizards, the eggs and chicks of birds, and plant matter (Thomson, 2002).

Threats: Drought; canine distemper virus; subsistence hunting for fur (Hoffmann, 2014).