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Friday, January 27, 2017

Arctic Fox in Barrow, Alaska

Here is a short video featuring arctic foxes at Barrow Alaska.  If you venture to the arctic circle, you might encounter one or 2 kinds of foxes: red foxes and probably more likely, arctic foxes.  It is kinda funny how the main fox reacts when he notices the cameraman (trying to dig into the snow), the other fox was probably like: "get your tail out of my face".  I don't know how common arctic foxes are in northern Alaska, but I have heard that they are bolder than the red fox and less wary of humans, though I wouldn't know if that is true or not for sure since I have never been to the arctic (the farthest north I have been is Skagway Alaska, but that is in the southeast corner of the state).

I can't say I have ever been to Barrow Alaska or anywhere in the arctic regions (the furthest north I have been to is Skagway Alaska and that was on a cruise I went on back in 2010, though maybe someday I can do such a trip should an opportunity arise), but I am sure it would definitely be an adventure going there (despite the colder climate, polar bears, etc).  I thought it was kinda funny how the main fox reacted when he / she (wouldn't know the genders) noticed the camera man when he tried to dig a hole with the other fox right behind him.  If you venture to the arctic regions you might encounter arctic foxes, polar bears, bowhead whales, red foxes (considering their presence is growing in the arctic), or even wolves, along with cariboo and moose.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fox meeting video and Fox Village in Japan

You know what I think would be an interesting zoo to visit someday: Fox Village in Japan.  I can't say I have ever been there (never been to Japan anyways), but I have heard about Fox Village.  It is supposedly a zoo that has alot of foxes you can see.  Here is a video below showing some of the foxes in action.  By the way, red foxes are very elusive creatures in my opinion and to date, I have only seen 2 red foxes in the wild.  The first time happened at Penninsula State Park in Wisconsin when I was a kid (was probably about 9 or 10 years old at the time) with a fox running around in the woods near my camp site and the second time occurred back in December near Monroe Washington (was driving to my church for Awana along the back roads there and saw what looked like a cross phase red fox along there), so zoos like fox village can be good places to see them up close.  I had a kick out of seeing the arctic foxes at the Point Defiance Zoo about 2 weeks ago, but fox has lots of foxes you can see. 

Here is another video I found that shows off fox village in Japan

I've never been to fox village personally, but I have been to other zoos before, most recently at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma (they have 2 arctic foxes instead of red foxes, though I have heard that Northwest Trek near Eatonville have red foxes as some of their featured animals, which I will have to check out sometime).  I have heard that Japan has some interesting kinds of zoos, like the fox village, cat island, rabbit island, etc.  Still if you like foxes, I might recommend checking out that zoo.  I know some people can have ill feelings about fox village being a zoo with tons of foxes, but I have never been there myself, and will give them the benefit of the doubt for now.

Have any of you been to fox village in japan?  Feel free to share your experiences below.  I don't really see myself going there anytime soon unless if an opportunity arises, but will definitely have to consider it if I get an opportunity to visit Japan.  That being said, apparently, there are some good places here in Washington State to view foxes.  I have heard about the cascade red foxes at Mount Rainer National Park as well as the extra foxes on San Juan Island, though I would have to see them for myself someday.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Kroschel Wildlife Center Shore Excursion Haines, Alaska

The wildlife center in Haines Alaska looks cool.  Here is a video of the zoo keeper showing off the various animals they have, such as the wolves, foxes, owls, bobcats, etc.  Interestingly, my family is planning another cruise to Alaska later this summer (in August) and will probably be visiting the Skagway area again, though my family is also talking about doing the White Pass Railroad excursion, so I am not sure if I will be visiting the wildlife center or not, though I suppose you can only do so much on the port of calls in the allotted time frames.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Pack of Howling Coyotes

Speaking of coyotes, here is a video I found showing off a pack of coyotes howling.

By the way, here in Snohomish, Washington, we do get coyotes and you can often hear them howling at night, sometimes even have sightings of them.  One good place to go to seeing coyotes in my opinion is at Cavalero Hill Park near Lake Stevens.  It is a dog park setting, but I have seen coyotes in the field there (even had a close encounter with one there, with one walking out in front of me within 100 yards).  Will have to try and get photos of them with my go pro sometime.  I have seen more coyotes in the wild than foxes and wolves combined (only seen a red fox in the wild twice, with the first time being at Penninsula State Park in Wisconsin when I was a kid, and more recently a night time cross phase red fox sighting near Monroe Washington last year). 

Husky howls with Coyote call

Here is a funny video: a siberian husky howling in reaction to coyotes howling.  I don't know about you, but in my neck of the woods here in Snohomish, we do get coyotes and every now and then you can hear them howling, especially at night, and I have had sightings of them from time to time.  I've wondered how huskies react when they hear coyotes howling, and it looks like this video answers that question.

I've never had a Siberian husky or Alaskan Malamute before, but I have heard that they are known to howl. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Raccoons at five mile drive in tacoma WA

Just thinking about raccoons, here is a video I found on Youtube showing off the raccoons along the 5 mile drive at Point Defiance Park.,  If you visit the Tacoma area and decide to visit Point Defiance Park and do the 5 mile drive loop (very scenic loop), there is a pretty good chance you will encounter these guys.  I often see them when driving through there.  5 Mile Drive is a fun little drive to do there as takes you through the forest there and offers access to beaches along with trails and even views of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, along with Fort Nisqually.  There are supposedly red foxes along the 5 mile drive too, but I have yet to see one through there (will have to snap a photo of one should I encounter them there, especially considering that there don't seem to be any photos of them online at Point Defiance Park). 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Short timelapse video of the Arctic Foxes at the Point Defiance Zoo

Here is a short timelapse video I did showing off the arctic foxes at the point defiance zoo.  There were actually 2 foxes there, though one definitely seemed to be bolder and have more energy than the other (while the other one seemed to be napping in its pen).  Sorry about the sunlight in the way, but I don't really know how to fix the lighting on it.  I kinda wish I could have done a longer timelapse (say 30 minutes worth of footage instead of 10), but I wanted to see other animals as well along with doing the 5 mile drive again.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Red Wolves at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma

Here is a series of videos I did showing off the red wolves at the Point Defiance Zoo.  While the woodland park zoo has the traditional grey wolves, the point defiance zoo has the red wolves.  They are somewhat smaller than grey wolves and can even resemble coyotes too.  In this video, I show off the wolves and even listen in on the zookeeper talk of the animals.  Interestingly here in Washington, we don't get red wolves in the wild, though we do get coyotes.  I have heard that there are grey wolves too in the wild here in Washington, but I have yet to see one in the wild and I understand they are more prevalent in eastern Washington (particularly near the Spokane area) and probably in the mountains too (like in North Cascades National Park).  But, if you want to see wolves, you can't miss them at your local zoo.

Arctic Foxes at the Point Defiance Zoo

Hey everyone.  I thought I would share a video I did at the Point Defiance Zoo on Saturday.  I went there with the idea of seeing some of the arctic foxes they have and was definitely in luck as the 2 were out and about.  This is the first of several videos I did of them.  Yeah, in case if you haven't noticed, I have developed a strong curiousity about foxes since the trip to Wisconsin last year (probably due to a sighting I had back when I was a kid and the fact you don't normally see them in the wild) and what better place to view them than at the point defiance zoo.  The Point Defiance Zoo and Woodland Park Zoo both don't have the traditional red foxes (though I have heard that Point Defiance Park supposedly has them along the five mile drive, though you are far more likely to see raccoons there than red foxes), but they do have arctic foxes.  These cute little guys can be fun to be watch and get pictures of too.  They are full of energy and love to run around and even check out visitors too at times.  They also seem to be able to recognize faces too as I was over by their pen more than once and at least one of them seemed to recognize me when looking at me.

Here is a bonus video posted by another youtube user showing both foxes in action (apparently a cloudy day might be better for videotaping them than sunny days are since you don't have to worry about the sun getting in the way).  When I was there, one was active while the other seemed to be more subdued (or at least napping and hidden).  See below:

Other info:
- Like red wolves, we don't get arctic foxes in the wild, so if you want to see them in Washington, you can find them at both the Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo.  The best time of year to see them is probably in the winter months (say between late October and early March).  That is when they have their fluffy white coats and seem to be more active.  I have been to the point defiance zoo in the summer before, but they can be hit or miss depending on how hot it is (I remember going there one year when it was sizzling hot, back in 2015 and the foxes weren't out due to the hot weather).  I remember posting one lady on facebook complaining to me about the arctic foxes in captivity, but I don't own them and plus they both seemed to be quite healthy.  Plus this is about a close as you will get to seeing them without having to take a trip to the arctic circle, and even then, how would you know where to look for them?  Also, foxes tend to be elusive creatures in my opinion and if you want to see them, visiting your local zoo(s) can be a good place to see them.  Though I have heard that arctic foxes are bolder and less shy of humans in the arctic regions and might be easier to spot than red foxes are (though I wouldn't know that for sure since I have never been to the arctic myself).  Also understand they tend to live alot longer when in captivity than they do in the wild.

- While Washington State doesn't have arctic foxes in the wild, we do supposedly get red foxes, though they do tend to be elusive and hard to find unless if you know where to look.  The 5 mile drive section of Point Defiance Park supposedly has red foxes, but I have yet to see one (wouldn't know where to look for them along there or the best times to see t hem) and you are more far more likely to see raccoons along the 5 mile drive than foxes.  With that said, I have heard that 2 good places to look for the red fox are: Mount Rainer, particularly the Paradise area (it is supposed to be a good place to see the native cascade red foxes) and on San Juan Island (particularly in the American Camp area).  I will have to check those places out sometime and get pictures of the foxes if I see any, but that would have to be something for another occassion.  Alternatively I have heard that Northwest Trek near Eatonville has red foxes as one of their animal exhibits.  Been meaning to go there again too (will try to go in the spring this year given the opportunity), but I don't know when.
- Interestingly, the Portland Zoo in Oregon doesn't have any foxes on display, so if you are in Oregon and want to see arctic foxes, I definitely recommend taking a trip to Seattle or Tacoma to see them at the Point Defiance or Woodland Park Zoos.  Also, Olympic Game Farm supposedly has arctic foxes too, though it is more of a hike from where I live and is more of a drive through zoo than a place to walk around.  I meant to get pictures of them last time I was there, but my phone was short on batteries at the time and so I wasn't able to get pictures of them then.

This will be the first of 2 zoos I am planning to visit this year,  I am also tentatively planning to visit the Northwest Trek in Eatonville, probably sometime in the spring.  Unlike the Point Defiance Zoo, they apparently have red foxes, and I will try and get footage of them there.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mother Fox and Her Playful Kits

Foxes anyone?  Here is a video featuring a vixen red fox and her kits.