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The Fennec Fox, Vulpes zerda, is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara of North Africa. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which also serve to dissipate heat. Its name comes from the Arabic word فنك, which means fox, and the species name zerda comes from the Greek word xeros which means dry, referring to the fox's habitat. The fennec is the smallest species of canid in the world. Its coat, ears, and kidney functions have adapted to high-temperature, low-water, desert environments. In addition, its hearing is sensitive enough to hear prey moving underground. It mainly eats insects, small mammals, and birds. It was introduced in the Endangered Species expansion pack for Zoo Tycoon 2.

Zoo Tycoon 2

Habitat

Fennec foxes lives in the desert biome. It cannot swim and does not like water in its exhibit.

Diet

The fennec fox is an omnivore that feeds on meat, insects, and berries.

Enrichment

Fennec foxes like to play with rubber balls and live lizard food.

Shelter

The fennec fox will use the small desert burrow and the rock shelter.

Behavior

Fennec foxes will share exhibits with other desert mammals, but may start preying on their offspring. Fox litters consist of usually 2 pups.

Importance to Designers

Fennec foxes are the only foxes in Zoo Tycoon 2 and so are used frequently to make foxes. However, they aren't used for much else.

Trivia

  • One interesting technical aspect of the fennec fox is how it affects guests. Though adult fennecs have a view bonus of only 30, their offspring have an incredibly high viewing bonus of 85. Because the animal is available for adoption at only two stars, baby fennec foxes are among the most valuable animals that a player can have in a zoo.

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