Animal Attraction: Arctic Fox

This is the first in a yearlong series of short profiles on creatures that reside at the Detroit Zoo


Published:

This foxy lady with the jet-black nose is named Roxie. She shares digs with twin sister, Moxie (3 years old), and big sister, Alexandra (5 years old), at the Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life. Roxie and her siblings are arctic foxes, whose thick fur is bright white in the winter to blend in with the snow to protect them from predators. In summer, their coats turn brown or gray, colors similar to the Arctic tundra (their native habitat) at that time of year.

All three foxes came from Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Roxie was born May 3, 2009, and arrived with her twin sister at the Detroit Zoo in April 2010, where they joined Alexandra, a zoo denizen since January 2008.

According to the zoo’s care staff, Roxie is quite a handful. She enjoys being the alpha female, and likes to steal food from her sisters. She’s even been known to pilfer whatever she can from her keepers. Roxie also likes to play “catch me.” No wonder the staff describes her as “feisty, unafraid, super-smart, and crafty.”

Crafty? Hey, she’s just living up to what we expect in a fox.

photograph courtesy of the detroit zoo

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

Making a Movement

Paxahau celebrates a decade of keeping Detroit’s Movement electronic music festival running.

The Way It Was

In 1971, David DiChiera was a lone wolf in the wilderness

An Hour With... Tunde Olaniran

Musician and activist talks Flint water crisis

An Hour with... Cindy Estrada

United Auto Workers' Vice President brings a fresh face to the union.

The Missing, Linked

Annual Michigan event helps families and friends revive their loved ones’ unsolved cases
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. 20/20 Hindsight
    A look back at the people covered by Hour Detroit since 1996
  2. Street Wise
    Local entrepreneurs are putting the Motor City on the fashion map
  3. Is My Beer Supposed to Taste Like This?
    Recognizing the off-flavor is the key to determining where in the chain something may have gone...
  4. Good Reads
    The Motor City stars in recent books
  5. An American in Champagne
    A visit to France brings concepts learned here to life
  6. Jam-Packed Piety
    Operated by a community of monks, the Jampot sells organic confections in Michigan’s Upper...
  7. Call of the Forest
    Executive chef Nick Janutol’s menu at reimagined Birmingham restaurant is brimming with...
  8. A Side Order of Jazz
    Friday nights in Dearborn are hopping at Joe’s Top Dog Restaurant