Kruger Park Mammals - Bat Eared Fox

The Bat Eared Fox (Otocyon megalotis) is a rare small predator in the Kruger that can weigh up to 5.5 kilograms and has a life span of 10 years. Due to their large ears, they have amazing hearing, which is where the name "Bat Eared" comes from.

Kruger Park Bat Eared Fox Distribution Map

Kruger Park Bat Eared Fox Distribution

The Bat Eared Fox occurs above the Letaba river in the Kruger National Park, they prefer the Mopane shrubveld habitat. They can also be found in the grass land areas in the east of the Kruger. They are uncommon and not often seen in the park.

More Information On Kruger's Bat Eared Fox

Bat Eared Foxes are preyed on mainly by Black backed Jackal, although Lion and Leopard often hunt them when the opportunity arises. All other predators bigger than the fox, including snakes and birds of prey, are also potential threats. The Bat Eared Fox is least active during the hotter hours of the day but can be seen moving around during day light hours, however it is predominately nocturnal. They mainly feed on insects but can be seen hunting small rodents and ground nesting birds.

Kruger Park Bat Eared Fox Gallery

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