Save the arctic fox with Stockholm University
In Scandinavia, Fjällräven's namesake (Fjällräven means arctic fox in Swedish) is threatened by climate change and has been on the brink of extinction for the last 100 years. Stockholm University is carrying out research and supplementary feeding and, together with help from Fjällräven, it is trying to give the Scandinavian arctic fox a brighter future.
- Prevent the extinction of the Scandinavian arctic fox
- Provide supplementary food
- Study and monitor arctic fox populations
- Support a research position at Stockholm University
At the start of the twentieth century, arctic foxes were hunted to the brink of extinction in Scandinavia. Their pelts were popular trading goods and the foxes were easy prey since they used the same dens, year after year. In 1928 they were classified as a protected species in Sweden, but the population has not been able to recover on its own. Additionally, they now face a threat that overshadows everything else: climate change. The ecosystem in the mountain tundra is changing. Lemmings and other rodents that are the main food source for Scandinavian arctic foxes, have a lower survival rate when there is an absence of snow to insulate their dens during the winter. Mild and varied winter weather includes rain that freezes, leaving a layer of ice over the terrain so rodents can’t get to their food. This can be a catastrophe for lemmings, and the predators who in turn prey upon them. Another consequence of climate change is that red foxes are now found further north than ever before, where they are taking over the arctic fox's territory. Today there are only about 300 adult arctic foxes alive in Sweden, Norway and Finland.