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 2010, 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 and worked with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to relocate the calf to the AWCC. After the successful relocation, and the AWCC took the animal in, nursing her to health and working very closely with Large Animal Research Station (LARS) through the University of Alaska Fairbanks.