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Fennec

The Fennec is the smallest of the Canidae (dog family), typically weighing less than 1.5kg and standing approximately 20cm at the shoulder, with distinctively large ears. The fur is soft, long and pale, varying in colour from whitish-sand over most of the body, to fawn-cinnamon on the tail and back of ears. Fur covers most of the body (except the inside of the ears), even extending over the pads of the feet, possibly an adaptation to high ground surface temperatures, locomotion in soft sand, and possibly noiseless movement whilst stalking prey.

Saharan Carnivores, Niger

The Termit and Tin Toumma regions of Niger, harbor a unique community of carnivores, including four sympatric canids (golden jackal, Rüppell’s fox, pale fox and fennec), two sympatric small cat species (sand cat and African wild cat) and larger predators such as caracal, cheetah and striped hyena. The Saharan race of the cheetah is very rare, and one of the most specialized and threatened in Africa.

Golden Jackal

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