Baby Bat eared foxes born over January 2013!
Date: Wednesday, February 06 @ 12:13:27 UTC
New arrivals in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve over January 2013!
A fantastic surprise happened over January 2013 as a bat eared fox couple (Otocyon megalotis) had a litter of three babies in one of our rehabilitated areas of The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve.
They moved into the area due to the increased food availability and undisturbed habitat (without pesticides and unploughed and untrampled by farming) - and excavated a new burrow system in an area that I have not seen any activity from bat eared foxes in since the habitat renewal began many years ago! I hope they return to the area each year to raise their young!
Out of interest, this is excellent news for the meerkats / suricates and other digging animals in the area as they will also use the newly dug out burrow system and even share the space with the bat eared foxes sometimes - as there are numerous sleeping chambers in the burrow!
Bat eared foxes do not eat meerkats / suricates and they will usually tolerate each other especially during the termite swarm season in summmer, which we have been experiencing.
We are now moving away from the extreme heat and dry conditions of summer towards the treasured rainfall and promise of respite from the furnace into the freezer of semi- dersert winter.
Irrigation continues intensively and the rehabilitation is really making a positive diffence to large areas of previously barren over used soil from past farming methodology!
There have been three good rainfall days over January 2013 in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve which have changed the powder dry soil into a faintly green tinted carpet with many juicy grubs for all the hungry inhabitants that make this ancient riverbed valley their home.
To read articles about the bat eared fox and other members of The Shy 5 from The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project please view the following link: The Shy 5 articles and links here.
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