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Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox

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Common Name:
Arctic Fox
Scientific Name:
Vulpes lagopus
Gestation Period:
55 days
  • Marine
  • Rocky Areas
10 in
3 ft
Life Span:
7 yrs
Number of Young:
7 lb

Did you know arctic foxes will often follow polar bears and scavenge on the remains of their kills? Learn more about arctic foxes. 

Care & Wellness:

All animals at the North Carolina Zoo engage in a complex behavioral management program that keeps them mentally and physically stimulated. The arctic fox training encourages them to take part in their own wellness. The keepers also present them with activities that rouse their natural curiosity and digging behaviors. 

  • This species of fox mates for life and tends to live a solitary life
  • Arctic foxes do not hibernate
  • During the summer, they will "cache" extra food by burying it in the frozen ground for later
  • They will often follow polar bears and scavenge on the remains of their kills
Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)
Fun Facts:
  • Populations will rise and fall in response to prey availability.
  • Their short legs, short snout, and small ears help reduce heat loss.
  • Dens have several entrances and exits and may be used by successive generations.
An Arctic fox in transition between its winter and summer coat.