Bat-ear foxes

A 2-year-old male bat-eared fox is shown in his habitat at the Oklahoma City Zoo. This male and a female bat-eared fox arrived at the zoo recently from the WildCare Foundation in Noble after an animal rescue.

The newest members of the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s animal family, a male and female bat-eared fox, can be seen by guests in their habitat adjacent to Lion Overlook, next to the swift fox habitat.

Both bat-eared foxes arrived at the zoo from the Wildcare Foundation in Noble, as a result of an animal rescue. The bat-eared fox pair had been privately owned and not given the proper welfare. The male bat-eared fox is about 2 years old and the female is about 9 years old.

“Since arriving at the zoo, the bat-eared foxes have been in quarantine at the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital and are now adjusting to their new habitat near Lion Overlook,” said Tyler Boyd, zoo curator of carnivores. “It’s been several years since bat-eared foxes have been a part of the zoo’s animal family, so we’re really thrilled to provide them a permanent home.”

Native to the savannas and scrublands of eastern and southern Africa, bat-eared foxes are generally nocturnal carnivores who have a diet of insects (termites and ants) and mice. They live in mating pairs, with their young and have an average life span of up to 13 years in human care.

They are known for their enormous ears, which can grow to over five inches long. Their large ears not only provide a good sense of hearing but also work to regulate their body temperature.

According to the International Union for Conservation Nature, bat-eared foxes are listed as a species of least concern, meaning their population in the wild is not currently under threat.

The zoo is currently in its summer hours and open daily open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. Advance tickets may be purchased at okczoo.org/tickets and avoid the entry lines.

Located at the crossroads of Interstates 44 and I-35, the OKC Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner.

Regular admission is $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children ages 2 and under are admitted free.

Starting at $45, memberships can be purchased at ZOOfriends.org and provide access to the OKC Zoo for an entire year plus, additional benefits and discounts.

For more information, call 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

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