Common Name: Fennec Fox Swahili Name: ??? Scientific Name: Fennecus zerda Geographic Range: The Fennec Fox burrows in the Sahara Desert and other deserts in North Africa (National Geographic- Fennec Fox). Physical Description: The Fennec Fox is the smallest member of the fox family and only grows to be about 7 to 12 inches tall and weighs about 2.2 to 3.3 pounds. The Fennec has extremely large ears in proportion to their body; their ears can reach up to 6 inches. These large ears allow them to dissipate heat during the hot desert days. This small creature is covered in extremely soft fur of a tan color and their tail has a black tip (National Geographic- Fennec Fox). Unique Traits: Their feet are also covered in fur allowing them to walk on hot sand. Their ears also have a sheath of hair covering the open area of their ears in order to prevent their ears from being flooded with sand because the Fennec Fox burrows underground (National Geographic- Fennec Fox). Exploitation by Humans: The Fennec Fox is hunted by native for their soft fur. They are also captured because they are extremely cute and are a favorite amongst captive pet trades (National Geographic- Fennec Fox). Threatened Status (IUCN): Is not in danger, but little is known about wild populations of the Fennec Fox.