ARCtic fox fund Program

we chose the arctic fox as the symbol of our programme

In brief the Finland based program aims at establishing an arctic reserve and reinstating the arctic fox as well as other natural inhabitants to the area. Our ultimate objective is a balanced ecosystem in the Nordic regions. In addition to reintroduction of natural species to the area the Arctic Fox Fund Program tackles global warming by
conserving forests, lobbying to end the fur trade in Finland and offering current fur trade farms alternate means for livelihood in planting protein rich plants.

The team at Wild Immersion Finland is coordinating the program. Funds are being generated by selling artwork and art products alongside the virtual reality nature films at our venue in Helsinki.

e chose the Arctic Fox as the symbol for our endeavour. The Arctic Fox has already been declared extinct in Finland. It was Finland’s international responsibility animal, along with nine other mammals, such as the wolverine and the caribou. These animals are Finland’s responsibility to the world as their natural habitat is in the region, or at least was before climate change altered the environment.

There are only a few arctic foxes still roaming Finland. The animals have not produced any offspring since 1996. This is the very last moment to act.

The first solution is to protect forests, as Jane Goodall proposes in her campaign the Forgotten Solution.

Fur farming is still a supported industry in Finland.

Arctic foxes are bred and held captive for their fur, and this causes the animals suffering. Finland is behind the times compared to many countries, such as the United Kingdom, Austria and Croatia that have already banned fur farming. The demand for fur is diminishing which is clear as many large fashion houses are refusing to purchase fur any longer (Michael Kors, Versace).

The second solution is banning the fur farming industry in Finland. The farms can be offered an alternate means of livelihood producing protein rich plants, which is an industry of the future. This could be an EU program that included free seeds, employment training as well as export and purchase channels.

Balancing an ecosystem is a controlled and gradual process of conserving nature, aiding animals, and reducing suffering.

There are two ways of reinstating animals, in situ and ex situ. In situ would be the case if we brought arctic foxes from Iceland, Greenland, or Canada to Finland. Ex situ means bringing animals previously held captive into the wild. Sometimes it can also mean gathering reproductive genetic material from the animals so as not to lose a species.

Animals that have been held in zoos, in a circus or a tourist attraction have been returned to the wild, but it hasn’t always been successful. National Geographic published a study in which 33% of larger predators had survived after being released into the wild. Sometimes the only option is an animal sanctuary.

The third solution is to reduce animal suffering by offering captive arctic foxes a sanctuary in the wild.

In best cases these animals will produce new litters of arctic fox cubs that can be reinstated in arctic regions in Northern Finland and Norway.

Each step in the right direction helps.

Arctic Fox, Katariina Souri 2019.

We are talking about balancing an entire ecosystem, not just saving one animal. We are working with top notch specialists in the field. Wild Immersion is an international venture that aims to establish real nature reserves. Jane Goodall endorses Wild Immersion and her lifelong work in helping endangered animals isour inspiration.

We are impressed by the Nordic program Felles Fjellrev and are looking at collaborating and modelling our program with theirs.

We chose the Arctic Fox as our symbol as we failed to protect it, even though it was our responsibility. Before that door closed completely, we still have a chance to change the course of history. We believe one day we can say that Finland brought back one species from the brink of extinction.