The conservation status of the Bat-Eared Fox is still said to be the least threatened but as the human population expands and building new roads and settlements and developing new agricultural production, we are taking over their natural habitat and becomes one of their biggest threats.
The Bat-Eared Fox is an insectivorous animal and are found in East –and Southern Africa with their natural habitat being the open plains, savannas and grasslands where they can find termites and beetles which forms a part of their natural diet. Termites’ makes up almost 80% of their diet and one bat-eared fox can eat up to 1.15 million termites per year, therefore the bat-eared fox plays a big role in termite control. They obtain most of their water intake from the insects they consume. Other parts of their diet includes the eggs of birds, small chicks of birds, lizards and small rodents.
The bat-eared fox lives in an underground den and is described as a very shy animal.They are mostly nocturnal and therefore they will emerge from their dens at dusk and feed during the night.
The bat-eared fox has a life span of 13 years. They breed annually and has a gestation period of 60 to 70 days and will produce a litter of three to six pups. The males can sometimes be even more involved with the young than the mother as they help with guarding, playing with and even grooming their pups.