The arctic fox (Alopex lagopus), also called 'polar fox', lives in the cold Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It differs from the Red Fox with its smaller, more rounded ears, a more rounded braincase, and a slightly shorter and broader muzzle. Its diet consists mostly of lemmings. Other prey are arctic hares, birds and their eggs, and carrion. The population of Arctic foxes is declining, because the Red Fox shares the same habitat. Gray wolves used to control the number of Red Foxes, but since humans almost hunted gray wolves to extinction, the Arctic Fox is losing ground.
Which zoos have them?Dublin Zoo (Ireland)
The Arctic fox, polar fox is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Namings for the Arctic foxA young / baby of a Arctic fox is called a 'cub, kit or pup'. The females are called 'vixen' and males 'reynard, todd or dog'. A Arctic fox group is called a 'leash or skulk'.