Baby fennec fox taking part in educational shows at Wildlife World Zoo Aquarium

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PHOENIX - Recently, a baby fennec fox joined the education department at Wildlife World.If you are not familiar with these animals, they come from Sub-Sahara Africa.They are also one of, if not the smallest species of fox.What make them so unique besides their small size are several adaptations that allow them to survive life in the desert.

For example, fennec foxes have remarkably large ears compared to their body size.The reason is all too familiar for those of us here in the Sonoran Desert-evaporative cooling.The large surface area of the ears allows excess body heat to escape, much like what happens with the largest land mammal, the elephant.Dumping body heat in this manner conserves precious body water that might be lost through panting or in the case of humans, sweating.

The fennec fox is also expert at rapidly digging burrows.Their feet have extra fur that serves as a "snow shoe" for walking across sandy soils.And of course, those large ears provide keen hearing for finding prey such as insects, birds and small animals.They also eat a variety of seeds, fruits and plants.

Tune in to 3TV as we unveil this new addition over the next few weeks.