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13 animals of the Arctic

By: Caroline Inge on Nov. 22, 2011, 8:12 a.m.
Two arctic foxes in the snow

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Arctic fox

The Arctic fox can be found in most Arctic ecosystems in the Northern Hemisphere, even in Iceland where it is the only native land mammal. It arrived in Iceland during the last Ice Age, where it journeyed over the frozen water to the volcanic island. This fox species is endangered in Scandinavia where it has been strictly protected for decades.