Chattanooga Zoo residents, Karoo and Kalahari are new parents to two Fennec Fox kits born at the Zoo on Sept 11th. Both cubs are female and weigh barely under a pound each. The cubs are doing great, as is first-time mother, Karoo, said zoo officials.
Fennec foxes are the smallest fox species in the world typically weighing anywhere between two-four pounds fully grown. Their unusually large ears and cream colored coat work to dissipate heat thereby enabling them to live in hot, arid environments such as the North African deserts where they originate. Currently, fennec foxes are not considered endangered.
“We are very excited about the birth of these two young kits,” says Darde Long, Zoo CEO. “Both cubs are active and beginning to display their own unique personalities. They are a welcome addition to our existing fennec fox family here at the Chattanooga Zoo.”
The two cubs will not be joining their parents on exhibit but instead will make their home in the Education building as part of the Zoo’s animal ambassador program. The cubs will participate in both on and off-site education programs and possibly as they get older, the Animal Adventures show on the weekends.
A naming contest on the Zoo’s Facebook page will be conducted this week to determine the kits’ names. For more information on Fennec Foxes or the rest of the Chattanooga Zoo’s animal collections, visit www.chattzoo.org or call 697-1319