Meet the fennec fox: thriving mostly in the Northern part of the Sahara, fennec foxes are nocturnal creatures with giant ears and cream colored fur. They are the smallest member of the canid family, though they have the biggest ears of any other fox. There is much debate over their biological classification: Some say they’re part of the Vulpes genus with the other foxes, while others argue that they’re distinct enough to be a part of their own gene pool, Fennecus. Such distinctions include the lack of a musk gland, and a very social demeanor which is uncharacteristic of foxes. The differences don’t stop there, as the fennec fox has a number of adaptions that allows it to thrive in the hot, Saharan desert.