Muskox are members of the goat family. They’re an arctic survivor with a thick coat consisting of long (up to 36 inches) guard hairs covering a dense winter coat of harvest-able warm fur called qiviut. Qiviut is considered to be one of the warmest materials in the world.
In the summer of 2010, a Musk Ox calf was rescued from an oil facility in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The staff of several companies in the area assisted with the capture of the orphaned female musk ox. The same staff worked with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to relocate the calf to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. After the successful relocation, AWCC’s interns stepped up and took the animal in, nursing her through sickness and working very closely with Large Animal Research Station (LARS) through the University of Alaska – Fairbanks.
Mukluk, she became known as, is doing very well at AWCC. In the spring of 2011, she was introduced into the rest of the herd. She has had numerous ‘learning opportunities’ with the other Musk Oxen, but overall is doing great! AWCC continues to work with LARS for the best care for Mukluk and the other large animals at AWCC.