07/05/2012 04:58 pm ET

Fennec Fox Kits Born At New York's Rosamond Gifford Zoo (PHOTOS)

These fennec fox kits have there whole lives ahead of them to be sly. For now, they're just enjoying their first months of life at New York's Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

The two kits, Todd and Vixey, were born on April 21, and officials are making sure the youngsters take some time to mature before they're transfered to other zoos in the fall, according a press release.


“This is a particularly exciting birth, as this is a species that struggles with reproduction. We are thrilled to have a success story," Ted Fox, the zoo's director, said in the statement.

Todd and Vixey may be the first fennec foxes born at the Syracuse zoo in 21 years, but several kits have been born at other zoos in recent years.

Earlier this year, five fennec fox kits were born at the Palm Beach Zoo. The Florida attraction is now home to about 13 fennec foxes.

And in 2009, three kits were born at the Sunshine City Aquarium in Tokyo.

Fennec foxes are known for their large ears, which help the animals keep cool, according to National Geographic. The foxes, which can be found in the Sahara Desert and other parts in North Africa, can live up to 10 years in the wild or 12 years in captivity, according to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Last year, the zoo welcomed three Amur tiger cubs just before Mother's Day. This May, the zoo marked the cubs' first birthday with a special celebration that offered guests the chance to see a puppet show, attend a sing-a-long and learn more about the animals.

Click through the slideshow below for pictures of the two kits.