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Fennec fox

Fennec fox
devilfish, 6 Jan 2012
    • devilfish
      Photo taken on Christmas Eve 2011.
    • ThylacineAlive
      This looks a lot more like a Fennec Fox to me.
    • devilfish
      I got that impression too, but I remember thinking it was quite big. Are there any physical features which sway you, or which completely rule out the potential for it to be a Ruppell's?
    • devilfish
      I ought to clarify that it is labelled as a Ruppell's, and as you're probably aware, Dubai falls quite far outside the natural range of the Fennec (but that doesn't mean much, considering this is a captive specimen in a zoo with a lot of African wildlife).
    • ThylacineAlive
      I am not a fox expert but the big ears and color remind me of the Fennec Fox I've seen so many times at the Bronx Zoo in New York. Fennec Fox are small, though, and if this animal was pretty big, then it might be a lighter colored Ruppell's. If it was labeled as Ruppel's then that's probably what it was.
      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1a/Fennec_Foxes.jpg (Fennec Fox)
      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fb/Rüppell's_fox.jpg (Ruppell's Fox)
    • devilfish
      It wasn't significantly bigger - I could have believed it was a large Fennec. However, given that there are photos of even lighter-coloured Ruppell's (e.g. ZootierlisteHomepage and one on this page credited to Dubai Zoo: Protected Areas - there's also a lightly-coloured specimen in the 'Arabian Wildlife Encyclopedia' [2010; ISBN 1905486669] ) and given that apparently some Gulf specimens are easily confused (IUCN redlist geographic listing for the fennec fox: Vulpes zerda (Fennec Fox)), I think I'll give Dubai Zoo the benefit of the doubt until I find a better picture of the same animal, or someone points out defining features. :)
    • ThylacineAlive
      I agree, this could very well be a Ruppell's Fox:D
    • Hix
      Fennec. The fur looks to be fennecy, whereas the Ruppells appears to have a coarser fur.

      Just my opinion.
    • ThylacineAlive
      :eek:
      You didn't put the whole

      :p

      Hix

      thing!!:eek:
    • Hix
      I only put the whole

      :p

      Hix

      thing at the end of posts in threads in the forum, not on photo threads.
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