Today we check out this striking mammal spotted at Samara Private Game Reserve
in the Eastern Cape.
The following is an excerpt from Samara's latest newsletter...
Although they are mainly nocturnal, we have been seeing Bat-Eared Foxes (Otocyon megalotis) during the day and in the evening. It is the only canid to have largely abandoned mammalian prey in favour of insects.
Characterized by large dish like ears and grey-black markings, the bat-eared Fox lives mainly in the open grasslands and grassy deserts of Southern and Central Africa.
From nose to tail, these endearing creatures measure 80-95cm and weigh in at 3-4.5kgs.
Their diet consists mainly of Insects, particularly termites and grasshoppers but a small percentage of their diet includes lizards, small birds, eggs, small mammals and fruit.
After a gestation period of two months, the female gives birth to 1-5 cubs. They live in pairs and both partners rear the cubs.
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