Bat eared fox

At the Cincinnati Zoo

Emerging at dusk from an underground den, the bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis) prowls for prey. It tends to hang out near herds of zebra, buffalo, and other large mammals that attract insects. Listening intently with its five-inch long ears, the fox can detect a termite chewing grass or a beetle larva burrowing underground.


  • Height: 1.5 to 2.2 ft
  • Weight: 7 to 12 lbs
  • Lifespan: 13 yrs in captivity
  • Range: Eastern and Southern Africa
  • Habitat: Savannah
  • Diet: Primarily termites, beetles, and other insects
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