Arctic fox revival II

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The critically endangered polar fox in Norway is being saved by a breeding program. I wrote about how puppies from parents caught in the wild were released in nature, a couple of days ago. These pictures are from the captive breeding programme. Adult foxes captured in the wild some years ago are breeding very well, in an isolated area in the mountains. As you can see they can get quite a lot of puppies when the conditions are right, since these are from one family.

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The center for the breeding program, Sæterfjellet avlsstasjon, is situated next to Dovrefjell national park. The animals live in big enclosures, otherwise the nature is more or less the same as were they live in the wilderness. The polar foxes have as little contact with people as possible, since the young ones are going to be released in nature. But they have to be fed, and there is also a system that monitors what is happening in the dens.

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There are more photos in my polar fox photo gallery. If you want any of my photos for any kind of personal use, most of them can be downloaded from my photo gallery, from 1 dollar each.

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88 thoughts on “Arctic fox revival II

    1. In 2012 there was only one litter of polar fox born in the wild in Norway, according to the scientists. In 2011 there were 40 litters born in the wild, and this year 24 litters with at least 146 puppies born. Thanks for your comment, Ann, and you can read more about the results here: http://www.nina.no/Aktuelt/Artikkel/tabid/945/ArticleId/2105/Default.aspx?utm_source=nyhetsbrev&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nyhetsbrev and here for this years litters: http://www.nina.no/Overv%C3%A5king/Fjellrev/Status%C3%A5retsynglinger.aspx

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    1. This fox is probably the most endangered mammal in Norway today, and the government has a goal to preserve the population. It seems the animal depends on some support for some time yet.

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    1. You didn’t even see the musk ox? They are sometimes not far from the main road (E6). But you are right, you often don’t see that much wildlife from the car, especially on the big roads. I hope you still enjoyed both this mountain and the journey, Viking.

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      1. My cousin told me to watch for musk ox, but unfortunately we didn’t see any from the E6. I kept seeing “moose warning” signs throughout Norway too, but never saw a moose while I was there. I kidded with my cousins that there aren’t really any moose in Norway, because I didn’t see them. 😉

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    1. I guess you say good luck for the foxes, and they need it. Their dangers are not over in Scandinavia, but otherwise this species is not endangered in other regions of the Arctic. Thanks for your comment, Sjer.

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  1. Beautiful images.
    Thank you for sharing, Bente. Nice to know these captive breeding programs are doing such wonderful work.

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    1. I don’t remember exactly, but there were at least 8 couples. I guess cubs would be lost, but more important, when the food they tend not to breed. The abundance of this fox fluctuate in a cycle along with the population of lemmings and voles. The populations are especially vulnerable during the years when the prey population crashes. Thanks.

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  2. Lucky you to visit these fine looking animals. I love that they are doing the breeding program, too. Thank you for showing these darling little creatures.

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  3. they are such gorgeous creatures and your photography does them justice! wow, I can’t believe you were this close to them. Love the one where one of them is yawning …what a big mouth!!!

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  4. Oh wow, they are so incredible! That second photo from the top made me burst out smiling, what a lot of cute faces. I am so glad to hear that the breeding program has been successful, these sweet little creatures deserve a second chance to thrive in the wild.

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  5. “it’s so fluffy, it’s so fluffy i’m gonna die” från filmen Despicable me

    passar bra 🙂
    Glad att de hjälper fjällräven! Underbara bilder!
    Kramar och allt gott till dej!

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  6. “it’s so fluffy, it’s so fluffy i’m gonna die” från filmen Despicable me

    passar bra 🙂
    Kram och allt gott till dej!
    Glad att de hjälper fjällräven! Underbara bilder!
    Kramar och allt gott till dej!

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