Wildwood Zoo

Meet the Foxes

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Shadow is a Gray Fox.  He was born April 21, 2012 and comes to us from Pennsylvania.   He arrived at Wildwood on May 16, 2012.  When we first got Shadow, he was so small he looked like a very small kitten.  Shadow is now full grown and loves to run and play.  The fox exhibit was built with the help of the Wildwood Park Zoological Society and the Kiwanis Club.

Blizzard is an Arctic Fox who joined Shadow in July 2012. Blizzard was born June 1, 2012 and comes to us from Ohio.  Blizzard has beautiful white fur in the winter as camouflage for the snowy season, and silvery gray fur in the warmer summer months.

Shadow and Blizzard received their names from the students at Washington Elementary school.  Students at the school collected more than 2,300 pounds of cans and scrap metal for the Zoological Society's Recycling for Wildwood Zoo program, earning them the right to pick names for the two foxes.

Marshfield is about at the northern limit of the gray fox range.  They are skilled tree climbers and can jump from limb to limb.

Gray fox are the most omnivorous of the foxes.  Fruit can make up 70% of their diet when in season.  In summer and fall, they also eat insects, acorns, grains and small birds.  Cottontail rabbits are their most important food in winter.  Gray fox kits are born in March or April.  Three to four kits is a normal litter size.  Both parents hunt for food.  At four weeks of age, the kits get regurgitated meat.  Gray fox are hunting on their own at 4 months and leave their parents to go out on their own in the fall.

Arctic fox are adapted to the extreme cold of the arctic.  They have dark blue eyes that act like snow goggles.  Their heavy fur insulates better than polar bear fur.  Arctic fox have a slow metabolism.  This helps them require less food and lowers their body temperature.  They have a slower heartbeat as well.  Their small ears and short legs keep them from losing body heat.  They have thick fur on their feet to insulate and provide traction on ice.

In the arctic, lemmings are their chief food.  Their population peaks about every 4 years, paralleling the lemming population.  In summer when prey is abundant, arctic fox gorge themselves and store leftover food in the permafrost layer or under rocks.  In winter, arctic fox follow polar bears, eating scraps from the bears.  If food is scarce they will eat polar bear scat! 

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