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“Cute musk ox!”

Large Animal Research Station
Ranked #29 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 September 14, 2013

From the Museum of the North, we grabbed a free university shuttle to the Research Station. It's only about a 10-15 minute ride. We bought our tickets in the gift shop, but since our group consisted of about a dozen people, there were too many of us to ride in their little golf cart down to where the animals are. It was only about 100- 125 yards, but it was downhill (meaning, of course, that walking back was uphill!) on a rough dirt and grass surface, so if you have any difficulty walking, you should make sure you can ride with the tour guide in her cart. A couple of people in our group did. It was great to get up close and personal with the musk ox. The guide was very knowledgeable and answered every question put to her. She fed the musk ox some fireweed to get it to come right up to the fence. The caribou and the reindeer came up to the fence, too. The gift shop has some wonderful, warm, but expensive ($135), headbands made of the musk ox fur, woven by Native Alaskans, in traditional patterns. The price was the same when we saw similar ones in Anchorage. They did have some cheap postcards, though, for a dime, so we stocked up and sent many musk ox pictures home! Wish we would have had room to bring home some of the caribou antlers they had for sale!

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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We made the 12:00 tour. It was interesting but kind of lame and not worth the $10 entrance fee. Other than you get to get close to the animals and the money does go towards the care of them. Not a good place for photographs. There are 2 sets of fences between you and the musk oxen and caribou.

1  Thank GloriasTravels
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

You can see the muskox from the road just as well as during the tour (they are shy). The history of the herds and explanation of quiviut, however, was pretty interesting. Much of your experience depends on who is giving the tour, and how excited they are about it.

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

I visited the Large Animal Research Station (LARS) in June of 2013 and was very impressed. The guide was very knowledgeable and spent 20-30 minutes after the tour answering loads of questions. I was surprised to see how small the musk-oxen actually are in person (four to five feet). I had thought they would be about the size of a North American bison.
Additionally, there are very few zoos in the world that have live musk-oxen on display. Hence, visiting the LARS facility will give interested folks a chance to see and learn about these very unique-looking animals up close and in person.
LARS also houses a number of caribou/reindeer and the guide discussed these animals as well.
The cost for an adult to take the tour was $10 and took about an hour. Additionally, people must be on a guided tour in order to get to see the animals close enough to make going there worthwhile. Anyone is allowed to drive/walk up to view the animals from the outer gate but it is very difficult to see them.
I personally felt that paying the entrance fee was well worth it since I most likely will never have a chance to see live musk-oxen again. Also, funds raised by admission fees go to feed and care for the animals.
There is a gift shop located on the premises but it is limited and did not sell souvenir pins or embroidered patches of the LARS facility.

1  Thank fussgussysmom
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We really enjoyed the Musk Ox Farm Tour at the Large Animal Research Station. The Musk Ox, Caribou, and Reindeer were fun to see and the talk was very interesting and educational. After the tour, my husband, two teenagers, and I shared a fact about what we found most interesting from the tour.

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