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Large Animal Research Station

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Address: Fairbanks, AK
Phone Number: 907-474-7207
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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Thousands of visitors each year get a chance to see muskoxen, caribou...

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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Pouring rain the day we visited. Distance views of animals. But we saw animals that I had never seen before.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
Susie V
Geelong, Australia
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Geelong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Pouring rain the day we visited. Distance views of animals. But we saw animals that I had never seen before.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We had a very enjoyable experience at the research station. Everyone there was polite, personable and informative. We learned about rentering the large animals back into the Alaska habitat and their care while they are there. People of all ages would enjoy this excursion Wanda Schwartz

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Orlando, FL
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37 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I was so disappointed. This station is on the University campus but is very difficult to find. When I finally did find it, no one was there, maybe because it was raining.

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Swannanoa, North Carolina
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

As we were leaving the wonderful Museum of the North in Fairbanks we asked how to get to the Musk Ox Research Station. We were given directions and told that it was closed for the day but sometimes you could see the Musk Oxen from the parking lot. This is what we did and we were overjoyed at watching these... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

It was interesting to have the opportunity to see the muskox up close since it is not easily available to see in the wild. It was interesting, but I thought a bit pricy for no more then you saw or did. Just a couple muskox in a pasture and the rest of the herd at a telephoto distance, and a... More 

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Marietta, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The actual guided tour was longer than it said it would be, so plan for that, but otherwise the tour was super informative and you get to see animals that you wouldn't normally get to see, roaming around in large areas instead of small cages.

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Grove City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

"What's LARS?", I said, and forgot about it till the last few days of my 3 week trip. An afterthought, I went up there: a couple of miles northish of the UAF campus. I was surprised, astonished and actually thrilled to become acquainted with the lesser known great Northern large and "dangerous" animals-(-you are familiar with bears, wolves and moose?).... More 

Thank Bonnie H
New Providence, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Wanted to visit but the road to get to it is almost impossible unless you have a four wheel drive vehicle.

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Wollongong, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

On a recent visit to Fairbanks as part of a visit to the University of Alaska we stopped off at the Large Animal Research Station. I would have to say it was hardly worth the stop. Yes there were 'Large Animals', but not many and they were quite a distance away. Perhaps there are other times when more animals can... More 

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Freeville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The Muskox are huge, not the prettiest of creatures. They look like something that could be the pets of the Yeti or Big Foot.

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