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Prospect Park Zoo debuts adorable little foxes

April 18, 2016 Associated Press
Fennec foxes are debuting at the Prospect Park Zoo. Photo: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Two adorable little foxes with remarkably big ears are making their public debut at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo.

Like many other fox species, fennec foxes are nocturnal. They are the world’s smallest species of fox, with adults typically weighing less than four pounds and having a body length that ranges from nine to 16 inches. Their ears can be up to six inches long.

In addition to aiding in their ability to hear prey even when it is underground, they use their ears to help regulate body temperature by dispersing heat.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) says it’s brought the two young males from the Bronx Zoo to Brooklyn.

The WCS says fennec foxes are native to the deserts of northern Africa. 

The new fennec fox exhibit is located in the Prospect Park Zoo’s Hall of Animals building that also houses saki and titi monkeys, dwarf mongooses and a variety of frogs and reptiles.

 

-Additional information from the Wildlife Conservation Society

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