Alaska October 13, 2019
Spend An Autumn Afternoon With The Mighty Musk Oxen On Their Farm In Palmer, Alaska
Musk oxen are some of the most durable animals on the planet. These stout animals excel in our frigid temperatures up north here in Alaska, and they are gorgeous to behold! The musk oxen farm in Palmer has a herd for you to see up close and personal so you can marvel at these incredible creatures!
Alaska has some amazing wildlife, including the mighty musk oxen.
The musk oxen had died out in Alaska before being reintroduced from Greenland in 1930. Since then, Alaska's herds have grown to about 4,000 wild musk oxen!
These incredible mammals easily survive some of the coldest sub-Arctic temperatures, as long as the snow is not too deep.
They have a long, wooly coat with a unique fiber called "qiviut" as its underlay. Qiviut is one of the rarest fibers in the world, and it is long, incredibly soft, and has one of the highest insulation levels on the planet!
Both male and female musk oxen have a large horn spanning the forehead, although the male's horn is larger.
These large animals are called "Oomingmak" by Alaska Natives, which means "The Bearded One." Their "beard" is eight times warmer than wool, and softer than cashmere!
The farm has huge expanses of meadows for the oxen to graze happily in.
Your tour will take you through this area and more on your scenic 45 minute walk. The guides are very knowledgable and you may even get to meet one of these great animals up close!
The farm has many types of Musk Ox, including old bulls, and young calves and their mothers!
You'll learn all about these musk oxen on the tour around this amazing farm, including the natural history of the animal. The Musk Ox Farm is uniquely situated to tell you all about these animals, as this is the largest captive herd in the world!
The best part about this farm is that it's lovingly run as a non-profit.
All proceeds from the tour are put back into the farm and education about the animal. The future potential of the Musk Ox in the Arctic is huge, and they can offer much to the rural communities in Alaska!
The Musk Oxen farm is actually open every season, so if you don't make it this fall you can check it out during the winter time!
They are open Wednesday through Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. There are tours at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $11.00, Seniors over 65 are $9.00, and children 5-17 years old are $5.00.
Have you had a chance to see these amazing creatures up close? Did you visit the farm in Palmer? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!
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Address: 12850 E Archie Rd, Palmer, AK 99645, USA