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Address: Fairbanks, AK
Phone Number: +1 907-474-7207
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Tue - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
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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 and Caribou

My wife wanted to see Musk Ox and Caribou so this visit saved a trip to the Arctic Circle. The animals were viewable in their large outdoor enclosures. We also used our... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 October 2016
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Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great time here. Learned heaps about the musk ox and caribou, and a treat to be able to see them up close. Very knowledgeable staff who were happy to take the time to explain things and answer questions.

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Lake Forest, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

My wife wanted to see Musk Ox and Caribou so this visit saved a trip to the Arctic Circle. The animals were viewable in their large outdoor enclosures. We also used our binoculars. We noticed a lot of runners and there was a marathon going on, so we decided to walk that trail. We found a couple of new bird... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

If you'e looking to see large Alaskan animals go someplace else. Two pathetic-looking musk oxen and one female caribou with no horns is what you get. Try the reindeer and musk ox farms outside Anchorage.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This was very informative and educational. The guide knew what she was talking about and was very enthusiastic. We saw a few reindeer, caribou and some small muskox. I expected to see more animals, particularly some large muskox but these were a long way away and "out of bounds". It seems like they only allow as little access as they... More 

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Thank Aussieidler
Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I found this to be a wonderful educational experience...seeing muskox, reindeer and caribou up-close, while learning a great deal about their lives in Alaska. Various samples of furs, antlers, etc. were distributed to touch and explore. Our guide had significant knowledge and had a wonderful way of presenting it. Please note, these are not animals that have been domesticated so... More 

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

They had only three large animal species, Caribou, reindeer and musk ox. They explain in detail traits of each species. Extremely educational. A 30-45 min stop.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

While you are exposed to animals in close proximity and informed about them, the "tour" of the site is haphazard, poorly structured and overly long. The "research" nature of the establishment was not clearly explained and was only discussed after a prompt from a visitor. The "hands-on" component of the tour was worthwhile - handling skins, fur, antlers and by-products... More 

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Whitney, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Only open to the general public during certain months! other times you can park by the fence and often see the animals nearby. The walk with the naturalist is most informative learning about the Musk Ox, Caribou, Reindeer at the station. The research and learning more about these animals is the main theme. Tour is about an hour and well... More 

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Thank CarolK09
Kentucky
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We tried to visit this on Sept. 3rd. before Labor Day. It was closed for the season. We did walk the fence and looked in. There were two musk ox feeding in a trough near the fence. We could see small out buildings and fences.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Heard an interesting presentation from knowledgeable young caretaker. You can only see a few animals close up so it was somewhat disappointing. It's a research facility that has limited it scope to a few species.

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