In our collection:
We currently have one Arctic fox, a female called Elf who was born in 2008 and arrived at the park in 2012.
Where to see them:
The Arctic fox can be found behind the visitor centre and to the right of the muskox viewing platform.
Threats and conservation:
The arctic fox is now extinct in Scotland but was found here up to the last Ice Age. Nowadays, it lives throughout the Arctic region, with Scandinavian animals migrating south to the Baltic coast for the winter.
In the past the Arctic fox was exploited for the fur trade. Although the global population of the Arctic fox is currently stable, some regional populations are declining and are critically low. Regional threats include disease and exposure to toxic pollutants.
The Arctic fox is generally unprotected throughout most of its range, however in Sweden, Finland, and Norway, it has been fully protected for over 60 years. In Greenland, Svalbard, Canada, Russia and Alaska where trapping for fur is common, it is controlled by well-enforced laws requiring trapping permits and specifying a limit in each trapping season.