Educational Department Receives Companion Opportunity
(Portage, AK) The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center adopted its first marble fox in an ever expanding department dedicated to providing educational programs to local students and visitors alike! Storm, the new marble fox, was illegally bred as an attempted domestication animal and lived in the home until she was discovered and rescued this past fall.
Storm is believed to be around two and half years old and is a phase, or adaptation, of a red fox. The addition of Storm into AWCC’s educational programs presents the opportunity to provide an interactive and dynamic lesson in which the public can be informed on the importance and the plight of her wild counter parts and various sub-species around the world.
Furthermore, the addition of Storm onto campus represents a companion animal for AWCC’s red fox, Jade. Red foxes are known to maintain a number of relationships in the wild within a stable home range, and the addition of Storm onto campus will be a mutually beneficial relationship and form of enrichment for both animals.
“Foxes are very-well known for their intelligence, however, that level of intelligence must be stimulated and enriched for the animal to have the opportunity to fulfill that potential,” Executive Director, Mike Miller states. “Furthermore, social structure can be one of the most difficult things to replicate in captivity,” Miller continued. Storm is being acclimated to life in Portage, Alaska and will be unveiled to the public increasingly over the coming weeks.