Bat-Eared Fox

Scientific name

Octocyon megalotis


3 to 5 kilograms (7 to 12 pounds)


45 to 66 centimeters long (18 to 26 inches)

Life span

6 to 14 years in captivity. No data for in the wild


Prime habitat is short-grass plains and areas with bare ground, but they are also found in arid/semi-arid scrubland, and savanna.




60 to 70 days


Humans, eagles, and jackals

Termites and dung beetles are
of their diet
Native to more than
African countries
There are
distinct populations
Bat-Eared Fox


The bat-eared fox is losing its living space to humans.

As human populations grow and expand, they encroach on wildlife habitats as they build new settlements, increase agricultural production, and construct new roads.

Humans value their winter pelts.

In Botswana, indigenous people hunt the bat-eared fox for their pelts. In South Africa, they are hunting trophies. They are also often perceived as threats and predators of small livestock.


Our solutions to protecting the bat-eared fox:

Engage wildlife scouts.

African Wildlife Foundation recruits, equips, and trains scouts. These community members monitor wildlife, mitigate human-wildlife conflict, and work with local authorities to ensure the safety and security of wildlife in their area.

Community Involvement
Work with communities living near wildlife.

AWF engages communities to become protectors of the wildlife they share space with. As populations expand, we know it is necessary to train communities in methods of sustainable agriculture and growth, such as planting new and diverse seeds, to increase production and decrease land-use.

Bat-Eared Fox
Bat-Eared Fox


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