Wildlife park near Ottery launches competition to name its new arctic fox

A competition has been launched by a wildlife park near Ottery St Mary to name its new arctic fox.

Wildwood Escot this month welcomed the fox, which came to East Devon from Copenhagen Zoo.

Now the keepers at Wildwood Trust are appealing for help to name the newest arrival, and have launched an online vote, giving one lucky winner the chance to feed the fox once the park reopens.

The wildlife park is inviting people to name the four-year-old male fox through its Facebook and Twitter pages.

The choices are Revon, which translates as fire foxes; Tundra, the type of landscape where the arctic fox can be found; Nova, taken from Terra Nova – the name of the exploration vessel used by Robert Falcon Scott; Loki, from Norse mythology; Miska, the Inuit name, meaning little bear, and Nimbus, which is Latin for dark cloud.

Everyone who votes will also be in with the chance of winning a feeding experience with the arctic fox at Wildwood Escot, when the park reopens.

George Hyde, Wildwood Escot manager, said: “We are so excited to welcome this new chap to our park and we can’t wait till we can reopen and he can meet our visitors.

“He’s in perfect shape and is already exploring his new surroundings with both curiosity and confidence, now we just need a name for him.”

He added: “We love our local visitors. We want them to know how much we value them and to feel like they are part of life at the park even though we can’t see them right now.

“We hope that by helping us to choose the perfect name for our newest resident, they will still feel connected to us, at a time when they can’t visit us physically.”


The new arctic fox, that needs a name.
Photos: Wildwood Escot.



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