Arctic foxes are the artisans of their own vibrant gardens

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Beyond cutely frolicking through meadows in Iceland and Scandinavia, arctic foxes are also aiding the local ecological balance in the way they keep house underground. Their dens are often a century old and topped with lush gardens and dune grass. The domains of arctic foxes are a splash of colour in an otherwise dull brown and grey Arctic tundra.

According to National Geographic scientists, these gardens create such a stark contrast on the tundra that scientists who recently published the first scientific study on the dens have dubbed the foxes “ecosystem engineers.”

Arctic foxes are the artisans of their own vibrant gardens

Arctic foxes are the artisans of their own vibrant gardens

 

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