Zoo welcomed three Fennec Fox infants, the first to be born to a new
breeding pair from Europe. The
kits, which are just starting to emerge from their nest box, were born on December 19, 2012, a year after the zoo
introduced their parents, Zinder and Kibali, a new breeding couple from Europe.
Keeper Tamara Bell said, “Any new arrival is special, but what makes these
Fennec kits even more important is that they’re the first offspring born to
Zinder, the male who came from Germany, and Kebilli, the female from Poland. This means that these kits are
not related to any of the Fennec Foxes here in Australia.”
Photo Credit: Rick Stevens
from expanding the genetics in the Australasian region, the young Fennec Foxes have also provided a boost to the captive population of the species, which dropped to
only six throughout Australia prior to 2010.
Foxes are the smallest of the canines, growing up to only 16 inches (40 cm) and
weighing up to 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg's). Their distinct feature is their large ears that
dissipate body heat and keep them cool. Commonly found in the deserts of Sahara and North Africa, Fennec Foxes
are burrowing animals that dig tunnels as deep as 15 feet (4.5 m), where their
kits are reared.
Read more about the kits, and see more pictures, after the fold: