Despite their name, muskox are members of the goat family. They’re an ancient species of arctic mammal with a thick outer coat consisting of long (up to 36 inches) guard hairs that cover a dense underfur known as qiviut. Qiviut is considered to be one of the warmest materials in the world.
In the summer of 2019, a muskox 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 muskox after she was separated from her herd during a bear attack. The AWCC worked with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to relocate the calf to our facility. After the successful relocation, the AWCC took Artemis in, nursing her to health and working very closely with Large Animal Research Station (LARS) through the University of Alaska Fairbanks.