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“Very informative, very cool”

Large Animal Research Station
Ranked #28 of 99 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.
Fairbanks, Alaska
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Very informative, very cool”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

I didn't even know what a musk ox was or that it was a thing until we moved up here. When I found out about LARs we immediately went. The shop has some nice things and they offer a military discount on the tours. The tours are very short as far as walking (I thought we'd be going to the forest edge, which is pretty far). We walked a few hundred feet, if that. The lady leading the tour knew her stuff and was able to entice all of the animals up to the fence for everyone to see. I've heard people that go throughout the summer complain about a lot of mosquitos but we went the very last day it was open in August and had no issues with mosquitos at all.

Visited August 2014
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Michigan Usa
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“Up close and personal to Musk Oxen and Caribou.”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This visit was included in our Road Scholar program tour. The guide that was were given by the Research Station was very good. She had lots of knowledge about the animals she was showing us. She also had a great sense of humor. Made for a fun and informative visit! Seeing the musk ox with her baby was very cool. Same for the caribou. You get up close and personal with them. But there is a fence between you and them. If it was fascinating learning all about their physical adaptions for survival in the Arctic weather. We loved our visit.

Visited July 2014
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Austin, Texas
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145 reviews
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“Nice place to bring the kids”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

It was a nice place to go to be able to see the musk ox up close. They also had reindeer and caribou. They walk you to each set of animals and give you detailed information about each of these animals and what they are doing for them at the research station. They also have a very nice gift shop.

Visited July 2014
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Richland, Washington
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Animals to view!”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

The Musk oxen are smaller than you would think as are the Caribou, but this is a very informational place to take the whole family!

Visited July 2014
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Central Mississippi
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“Great chance to learn things you had never even wondered about--but don't forget the bug spray!”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We were all vigorously swatting the mosquitoes during the entire 45-minute, $12 adult-admission tour at the U of AK at Fairbanks Large Animal Research Station. A student at the university led the tour, and she lured the animals close to the fence with branches of (apparently tasty) willows. While they munched away, she gave us all an education about musk oxen, reindeer, and caribou. She had assorted antlers and skulls, along with qiviut, to help illustrate portions of her talk. My husband and I found the program to be very interesting and educational. We had to leave early to catch our plane home, but we found the time spent at this program to be very worthwhile. If you arrive a few minutes before the tour starts, you will have a chance to observe the musk oxen grazing and take some pictures (through the fence, of course).

The tour leader's voice was not amplified in any way, and I suspect those in the group who were not close to her might have had a hard time hearing her. Also, some of the things she used with her talk, such as the qiviut and some antlers, she passed around; other things, like the skulls, she held up to show us and then placed them back on a table--another reason to try to be in the part of the group that is close to the tour leader. She was very gracious about answering questions from the tour group.

Visited July 2014
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