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Large Animal Research Station

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

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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They had muskox and reindeer available to see. It was interesting to see them, however, you can only see about 1-2 muskox at the top, where it's free, and you have to pay... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2016
Becky A
Omaha, Nebraska
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Whitney, Texas, USA
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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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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.

Thank Jane S
Richmond Hill
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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.

Thank Barry A
Federal Way, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Not sure if I was disrupting the research, but I could not resist these adorable beasts, so I stood outside the corrals and send Reiki energy for 20 minutes. They are so beautiful and so glad that research is ongoing.

Thank Victoria L
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

They had muskox and reindeer available to see. It was interesting to see them, however, you can only see about 1-2 muskox at the top, where it's free, and you have to pay $10/person to go beyond the gate. It was a little disappointing though since most were put away, such as all but the 2 adult male muskox and... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This was a great experience not far from downtown Fairbanks. Students offer a nice brief lecture on the universities research of these animals. They also bring them close for great photos.

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

We drove upto this place which is some distance from the town. There was no one at the entrance, and many others were also going back. There was no sign that it was closed that day.Better management needed.

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the presentation on the work done at this site with musk oxen and reindeer. The woman was very interesting and well-versed in both species and the work carried on by the station. I would highly recommend this for people interested in animal research.

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Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

We were looking for alternatives to the typically heavily promoted cruise ship activities such as the river boat and the gold panning. This was one of the several activities we did in Fairbanks besides Running Reindeer Ranch, North Pole, and the botanical gardens. We enjoyed our time here learning about the musk oxen, caribou etc. and taking photos.

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Viborg, Denmark
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Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

I paid $10 to get in there and I wasn't even aloud to go down and see the caribou. They had closed down that section for the day because they didn't have enough employees there that day and the muskox were SO FARE away that I could barely see them. And they didn't even inform me that I would be... More 

1 Thank MellyTheAdventurer

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