Winter at the Indianapolis Zoo is the perfect time for Zoo guests to experience our cold weather animals enjoying their natural climate. Native to the Arctic tundra of North America, Europe and Asia, the Arctic fox is well suited for extremely cold temperatures. Their thick fur enables them to maintain a consistent body temperature and provides a layer of insulation. Their short legs, muzzle and rounded ears all reduce the amount of surface area for heat loss. When temperatures rise in the summer months, Arctic foxes change the color of their fur to grey or brown. This change allows them to camouflage themselves from predators with the snow and ice in the winter and rocks in the summer.
Like all animals at the Indianapolis Zoo, Arctic foxes are ambassadors for their counterparts in the wild. While Arctic foxes are listed as a species of least concern globally, certain populations in Norway, Finland and Sweden are critically endangered. These populations are severely impacted by climate change, human development in their habitat and hunting for their fur. Through the Animal Amigo program, you support the care of our Arctic foxes here at the Zoo and the Indianapolis Zoo’s global conservation efforts.
For a donation of $50 or more, you’ll receive an Animal Amigo package which includes one Arctic fox plush, photo, certificate, trading card and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board.*
*Animal Amigo donor board is located inside the Oceans building at the Zoo.
Add a little extra holiday cheer this season! Give your loved ones and friends a Reindeer Amigo for only $50.
Animal Amigo donations make great gifts! You can purchase one as an individual or as a group. However, please note that only one of each item will be enclosed per Animal Amigos packet.