Bat-eared fox

Bakoorvos

Otocyon megalotis

Unmistakable with its huge ears and black face, these cute little animals frequently have to pay for the sins of Black-backed jackal.  They prefer the short grassland and open woodland of the dryer central and western parts.

Mistakes

It cannot be stressed enough that these animals do not predate on any form of livestock.  They feed on rodents, insects and fruit.

Most farmers realize that, but are still not doing enough to protect them.  Jackal culling frequently takes the form of a group of shooters (note, not “hunters”) on a pickup, letting fly at anything that has bright eyes and does not look like antelope. 

Rural Blacks sometimes hunt with huge packs of dogs (mostly whippets) that would sweep an area with their masters following on foot.  This custom is looked upon by the Government as a cultural heritage, thus partly condoned.  I leave it to your imagination what that does to wild life.

Did you know?

Overgrazing favors the bat-eared fox, since the number of harvester termites will increase.

One fox can sort out 20 000 termites per acre per year!

One pack of wild dogs in Hwange Park specialized in feeding on Bat-eared fox.

Like other foxes and jackal, they pair for life.