Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain medieval quarters, with landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge. The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.
Fast Facts about Switzerland: Switzerland is part of a section called temperate biomes. A biome is a large naturally occurring community of flora and fauna. In the biome there are more specified sections called ecosystems. An ecosystem is a biological community of interacting organisms. These ecosystems include both broad leaf and mixed forests and coniferous forests. There are also mountains and lakes found in Switzerland. Many flora and fauna are found in these ecosystems. Because Switzerland is located at 46.8333° N, its summers are relatively warm, but sometimes a little dry. The winters are often cold and wet. In the Northern Hemisphere, each season is about three months of the year more or less.
Temperate Deciduous Forest - This biome consists of hot summers and cold winters.
Biodiversity Monitoring Switzerland: Switzerland is one of the first countries in the world to monitor its biological diversity. The Federal Office for the environment (FOEN) has launched a programmer for this purpose called Biodiversity Monitoring in Switzerland (BDM). n conjunction with the BDM programmer, experts contracted by the Federal Government will regularly count animals and plants in numerous predetermined areas in the field.
Fox (Vulpes vulpes): The fox is an omnivorous mammal belonging to the Canidae family. The most common and widespread species of fox in Switzerland is the European red fox. Foxes are typically found in forests throughout the Swiss Alps. They do not live or hunt in packs, but rather in small family groups. They are opportunistic feeders and hunt live prey-especially rodents. Since foxes are no longer hunted in Switzerland, populations of urban foxes have been on the rise in recent years. There are currently about 1,200 foxes in Zurich.
Niche: Foxes are known for their resourcefulness, and this allows them to adapt to many different types of environments. There are 12 species of true foxes, and they can be found throughout the northern hemisphere, from the fennec fox, whose short fur is adapted to desert areas, to the arctic fox, whose bushy fur is ideal for colder environments.