Zoo Animals


Arctic fox

Vulpes lagopus

At the Detroit Zoo
The Arctic Ring of Life is home to three female arctic foxes, all sisters. The oldest, Alex, came to the Detroit Zoo in 2008. She is considered the underdog of the three and tends to hang back on her own away from Roxanne and Moxie, who joined her here in 2010. Roxanne is sassy, smart and mischievous and takes on the role of dominant female. Her litter mate, Moxie, is skittish and the least trusting of the bunch and follows in the shadow of her sister. The Arctic Ring of Life is one of North America’s largest polar bear habitats, and also houses seals. This state-of-the-art, interactive facility encompasses over 4 acres of outdoor and indoor habitats and was named the second-best exhibit at any zoo in the U.S. by The Intrepid Traveler’s guide to America’s Best Zoos.


The arctic fox’s body is short and compact to help keep it warm during frigid temperatures. Its feet are covered in fur to provide traction on the rough tundra terrain. During the winter, its fur color is white and during the summer it turns to a brownish-gray, which allows it to remain camouflaged year round.


Fun Facts

  • Since the arctic fox has impeccable hearing, it is able to pinpoint the exact location of prey that is under the snow. It catches its hidden prey by pouncing through the snow and landing on top of it.

  • The arctic fox is also known as the snow fox, polar fox or white fox.