adapted to live in the cold and harsh conditions of the polar regions, the arctic hare has developed an extremely thick coat and a high body fat percentage to help it stay warm. it is also exceptionally fast to avoid predators, reaching speeds of up to 40 mph (60 km/h)! mainly distributed throughout the tundras of greenland and northern canada, the arctic hare survives by eating woody plants, mosses, and lichens, which they must dig through the snow to find during the challenging winter months. the arctic hare is densely populated and in no immediate threat of a population decline. like all safari ltd products, this figurine has been individually hand painted, features quality construction from phthalate and lead-free materials, and includes an educational hangtag in 5 languages. realistic, educational, and fun, this figurine is suitable for a range of interests, including collectors, enthusiasts, teachers, and kids. admire it on a shelf, use it in the classroom, or simply enjoy playing with it. to blend into its surroundings and to avoid detection by predators, arctic hares are almost entirely paper white during the winter. they then darken to blend in with rocks and vegetation once spring arrives. measuring 2.5 inches long and 2 inches tall, both dimensions of this figurine are roughly the same as the length of a stick of lip balm.