As the smallest of the foxes (smaller than the domestic cat), with oversized ears like pumpkin leaves and tiny pointed faces, the fennec fox looks adorably, temptingly tamable.
Consequently, commercial trapping is the greatest threat to the fennec fox; it's highly sought after in the captive pet trade and often captured and put on display for tourists visiting the area.
For those who'd rather observe this cuddly creature in the wild, there are still fennec foxes in the Sahara and other dry, sandy areas of North Africa, anywhere from Morocco to Egypt.
According to Abdo Shawky of Memphis Tours, an Egypt-based tour company, it's possible to spot fennec foxes on certain tours.
"We have some places like the Western desert. You might see the fox in the natural habitat," says Shawky. "But they always run and hide."
Memphis Tours operates two-day tours to see fennec foxes. Tours start and end in Cairo.