Species: Bat eared fox | Location: Central Kalahari Game reserve, Botswana
The bat-eared foxes run in small packs. They were jumping around in the grass and alertly traveling the road in search of food. I had never seen them in the wild before... They sport the eye bands one sees on raccoons. This is a relatively rare sighting of a somewhat elusive critter. The very large ears are used almost like sonar to hear prey making noise either underground or hiding on the surface. Bat-eared foxes are adept at digging up the prey they hear from underneath the surface.
This photo was taken while on safari in Botswana with Nat Hab.
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About The Photographer
More or less intrepid wild man, been traversing this planet for many years, love photographing the outdoors and its inhabitants. My avocation for photography began with photographing during my years in the U.S. Navy. Thereafter, from time in Saudi Arabia, Colorado and the west, Alaska, and Africa. My place on the planet has always been anchored in Africa, for nearly forty years, both working and traveling on my own. Childhood readings of Martin and Osa Johnson, and even Hemingway juiced those dreams to become reality. Some few of my photos have been published.