Wildwood Devon - a wildlife park in Ottery St Mary - has announced the name of their new arctic fox.
A competition to name the fox launched mid-January. Over 600 members of the public voted from a selection of names including Luna, Inari and Opal. The winning choice was Aurora - after Aurora Borealis, which is visible in some arctic fox territories.
Wildwood Devon is part of leading British wildlife conservation charity, Wildwood Trust, which has received global acclaim for conservation projects including bison reintroduction and wildcat captive breeding and research.
George Hyde, Wildwood Devon Site Manager, says: “we’re delighted Aurora now has her name. The chosen name won by a landslide and it suits her.
“We were blown away by the number of entries online and in the kiosk. Enabling the people to help pick a name feels like a great way to give something back to all our wonderful supporters. Aurora has settled in well to her enclosure and we encourage everyone to come and visit her.”
Aurora is ten months old and arrived at Wildwood Devon, near Ottery St Mary, in December. She joins the same enclosure as fellow arctic fox Miska.
Arctic foxes are native to Britain and lived here until the last ice age. As the climate warmed, and the ice receded, so did the range of the Arctic fox. Currently, arctic foxes can be found in the northernmost regions of Europe, Asia, North America, Greenland, and Iceland where it is cold and snowy.
Visit Aurora and all the other animals that call Wildwood home seven days a week during opening hours. Throughout half term, families can also enjoy an array of fun activities, from candle making to rune carving. Find out more about Wildwood Devon here: devon.wildwoodtrust.org.