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“We were lucky and saw musk ox for free in the front pasture”

Large Animal Research Station
Ranked #27 of 101 things to do in Fairbanks
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 11, 2012

We visited here in June 2012, and from the parking lot could easily see several Musk Ox. You are separated by a chain link fence as well as a shorter fence to keep visitors back from the chain link one. It is possible to take photos but they won't be great.

(Note photos - on some you can see the 'chain link' at the edges of the pics, showing as a blurry grey. 300mm lense on a DSLR.)

We arrived about 10 minutes after a tour started so could not join them, which makes sense. We thought about coming back but then got busy doing other things in town!

We had a nice chat with the woman in the gift shop area and she said that the animals are moved around depending upon time of year or what they are doing with them, so not everybody may be able to see them fairly close up.

If they aren't in the front pasture, you can't really see them looking down across the slight valley. However, even if you don't take the tour, it's worth driving up here to see what you can. You never know - you may get lucky like we did!

1  Thank half-Brit
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

I had never seen a Musk Ox until visiting the Large Animal Research Station. They give an excellent talk on all their animals,

Thank Rosamund W
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Perhaps this is not fair - but we did the drive up and look and saw nothing over the hills. We were thus not inspired to take a tour and moved on. It may help to keep some inviting wildlife near the parking area to give visitors incentive to look and enter.

1  Thank Knox10SC
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

The literature said you could see the oxen from the parking lot, but we never did. We checked a few times and finally got there before one of the tours and paid to be escorted farther down the field. The guide was very knowledgable and we saw the babies plus the reindeer and caribou. We were frustrated that you could not take photos without the fencing being in the way.

Thank redfoka
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

If you want to see muskox and caribou up close this is the place to go. they have a really small but nice gift shop on the premises to. the guide was fun and informed. great place to take the family/

Thank rose f
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