African Painted Dog

For African painted dogs, also known as wild dogs, cooperation is the name of the game and survival is the aim. Painted dogs live in large, extended families, in which all group members work together for the good of the pack. The leaders of the pack, an alpha male and female, are the only ones that breed. Instead of leaving the pack, their offspring stick around as adults and help raise their younger siblings. Painted dogs give birth to an…

Arctic Fox

To survive in frigid Arctic temperatures, the Arctic fox wears a thick furry coat that even covers the soles of its feet. During heavy snow, the fox switches from hunting its own prey to feeding on scraps left behind by a polar bear when it moves on from a meal.

Mexican Wolf

Also known as “el lobo”, the Mexican wolf is the smallest subspecies of the North American gray wolf. Wolves live in family groups called packs. The wolf parents are the leaders of the pack, called the alpha pair. The rest of the group includes their sons and daughters and possibly a few other close relatives.

Grey Fox

Also known as the tree fox, the grey fox is the only member of the dog family that can climb trees. It has short powerful back legs with hefty claws to grip the tree and push the fox up while its front legs grab the sides of the trunk like a cat.

Fennec Fox

The smallest fox, the fennec fox has the largest ears relative to body size of any canid, reaching lengths of up to six inches. In addition to enhancing the fox’s sense of hearing, the huge ears also act as radiators, allowing it to regulate its body temperature in the hot desert.

 

Bat-eared Fox

Emerging at dusk from an underground den, the bat-eared fox prowls for prey. It tends to hang out near herds of zebra, buffalo, and other large mammals that attract insects. Listening intently with its five-inch long ears, the fox can detect a termite chewing grass or a beetle larva burrowing underground.