The bat-eared fox is a species of fox found on the African savanna.
It is the only extant species of the genus Otocyon and considered a basal canid species.
Fossil records indicate this canid first appeared during the middle Pleistocene.
It is named for its large ears, which have a role in thermoregulation.
They are also hunted for their pelts.
Other threats to the bat-eared fox include diseases such as rabies, canine parvovirus and canine distemper virus, as well as drought and habitat loss.