Memphis Zoo announces birth of bat-eared fox babies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Zoo has announced new additions to its Cat Country exhibit.

Raj and Helen, the zoo’s bat-eared foxes, are now parents.

Helen gave birth March 25, according to a press release.

Both foxes are first-time parents and were first introduced to the public in February.

They are “a perfect pair,” according to the press release.

This birth is significant for Memphis Zoo, as it is part of a new Species Survival Plan.

From the press release:

The new family is still spending a lot of time in their den, but the kits may be spotted on exhibit exploring their new surroundings or nursing.

(Their) sex will be determined by zoo staff in the coming weeks.

The bat-eared fox is a small, African fox known for its enormous ears, which are over 5 inches tall. Their ears help them hear insects moving underground. This species comes from the family Canidae which is a group of carnivorous mammals that includes wolves, jackals, coyote, and the domestic dog.