The Locals Call Us LARS

The Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station (LARS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is one of the hidden jewels in Fairbanks, Alaska that locals visit all year round. Located on a the former Yankovich homestead, bordering the University of Alaska Fairbanks at 2220 Yankovich Road, it is an active destination and stopping point, throughout the summer months, for viewing reindeer and muskoxen.

LARS' responsibility is to maintain a healthy colony of muskoxen for nutritional, physiological and behavioral research. In fulfilling the goals it serves excellence in research and education in high-latitude biology and provides faculty and students the facilities for and expertise in maintaining colonies of large animals. LARS staff are the conduit that delivers the research to you, designs and provides the educational opportunities for classrooms and and the community through varied outreach methods and yearly events.

Fast Facts:
The muskox is an Arctic mammal of the family Bovidae, noted for its thick coat (and for the strong odor emitted by males during the seasonal rut) from which its name derives.
Scientific nameOvibos moschatus
Mass: 400 – 900 lbs (Adult)
Height: 3.6 – 4.9 ft. (Adult, At Shoulder)
Lifespan: 12 – 20 years
Speed: 37 mph (Maximum, Adult)
Did you know? Both male and female muskoxen have long, curved horns.



Muskoxen butting heads
All about Qiviut: 
The entire body of a muskox is covered by hair. Everywhere there is hair qiviut is underneath.

Muskox lips.
Hair grows to the edge of the nostrils and covers the entirety of the lips.

Hair growth to edge of muskox eye.
It also grows right up to the edge of the eye.

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