Lena the fox came to live at Aspen Valley after her former home at Springwater Park closed in 2013. She was born in 2009 and became habituated to humans; as a result, she can never be released to the wild and will live out her life at our sanctuary, where she can be kept safe and her needs for nutrition and enrichment met.
Lena is a member of the Red Fox family. Her uncommon colouring is a result of melanism, a genetic anomoly that causes darker than usual pigmentation. Red Foxes (including those with “silver” coats) are opportunistic predators that hunt insects, small rodents and small birds. They also eat vegetation such as acorns, grains, wild berries and apples. Foxes usually live 2-5 years in the wild, but can live 10-15 years in captivity.
Lena got her name after we held a naming contest where the highest donation won the honour of naming her. The winner of the contest bestowed Aspen’s staff and volunteers with naming Lena, as they knew her and were around her the most. The donations from this contest helped us to provide necessary care to Lena and the other permanent residents here at Aspen.