Photo of the Week: Desert Fox

02-24-2014 // NWF Staff

desert fox

The fennec is a small fox found in the Sahara of North Africa. It is the smallest fox species in the world, weighing 1.5 to 3.5 pounds. Its nocturnal habits, as well as some of its physical adaptations help this fox cope with the harsh desert environment: The fennec’s large ears help to radiate body heat; its thick coat protects against the sun’s radiation and insulates from the cold desert night; and its kidneys are adapted to minimize water loss. They are a target of the pet trade and trapped for their fur. Photographer Jose Francisco Mingorance Gutiérrez of Spain used a Nikon D3 with a 200-400mm lens.

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