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Large Animal Research Station

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Address: Fairbanks, AK
Phone Number: 907-474-7207
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Description: Thousands of visitors each year get a chance to see muskoxen, caribou and...
Thousands of visitors each year get a chance to see muskoxen, caribou and domestic reindeer on summer tours of this 134-acre site set up for nutritional, behavioral and physiological study by the University of Alaska.
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Musk ox galore

It was closed when we were there but a nice officer from the University told us to walk along the fence on the right - a small path and we had a great view of the musk ox , she... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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Churchville,PA
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Churchville,PA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

It was closed when we were there but a nice officer from the University told us to walk along the fence on the right - a small path and we had a great view of the musk ox , she told us we could see more animals if we walk around the perimeter but we had other plans. If you... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

When I visited, there were no other animals visible, but great viewing of the amazing Muskox there. Plenty of parking and a long fence line for viewing. Make sure you have a telephoto lens if you want a decent picture.

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Kansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We visited this to view the muskox but didn't take the walking tour. From the enterance area you can view the muskox and take photos of them for free. Visit the gift shop and feel Qiviut (muskox hair) before leaving. In the distance we saw reindeer and caribou that could be viewed closer up on the tour. Tours last 45min-60min... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We took our family that was visiting out to the Large Animal Research Station. Got to see several different animals.

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Bear, Delaware
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This was an interesting stop. The guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the animals. They were well prepared for any rain, with umbrellas available as well as tents, which we put to use. Fewer animals then I expected.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I didn't even know what a musk ox was or that it was a thing until we moved up here. When I found out about LARs we immediately went. The shop has some nice things and they offer a military discount on the tours. The tours are very short as far as walking (I thought we'd be going to the... More 

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Michigan Usa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This visit was included in our Road Scholar program tour. The guide that was were given by the Research Station was very good. She had lots of knowledge about the animals she was showing us. She also had a great sense of humor. Made for a fun and informative visit! Seeing the musk ox with her baby was very cool.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It was a nice place to go to be able to see the musk ox up close. They also had reindeer and caribou. They walk you to each set of animals and give you detailed information about each of these animals and what they are doing for them at the research station. They also have a very nice gift shop.

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Richland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The Musk oxen are smaller than you would think as are the Caribou, but this is a very informational place to take the whole family!

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Central Mississippi
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We were all vigorously swatting the mosquitoes during the entire 45-minute, $12 adult-admission tour at the U of AK at Fairbanks Large Animal Research Station. A student at the university led the tour, and she lured the animals close to the fence with branches of (apparently tasty) willows. While they munched away, she gave us all an education about musk... More 

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