Large Animal Research Station, Fairbanks

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#3 of 12 in Parks in Fairbanks
Locals refer to us by our acronym, LARS, or as the muskox farm, but our official title is the Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station. LARS is managed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks to provide a unique facility for research and education that focuses on muskoxen and reindeer.

Visitors in the off-season can safely observe some of our animals from the parking lot when they are in pens near the road.

To ensure you will see these critters, visit during our public hours. Our knowledgeable naturalist will teach you everything you want to know about the muskoxen and reindeer who live here! We have presentations on our open days at 10, 12, and 2.
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  • It was a somewhat educational visit; however, the musk ox were in the shade (it was a hot June day) and the reindeer were a distance away, in the shade, and nearly impossible to see without binoculars...  more »
  • We enjoyed getting to see all of the animals and learn more about them. They had nice props that let you get a better feel for the animals characteristics. Very cute young animals!  more »
  • We were able to view the Musk Ox up close, and read about their recovery. Recommend this to anyone visiting this area.  more »
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  • Beautiful place with amazing animals. The tour guides are fun and informative. Great location to pack a lunch, enjoy the well-groomed outdoor picnic area, and join a 1-hour tour to see and learn all about baby Muskoxen and Reindeer!
  • We arrived after September 2nd so there was not much to see or do here since they are closed until next summer.
  • Excellent educational tour led by Matthew. This is a great stop for those who want to see and learn about musk ox, carboy, and reindeer. Well done UAF!
  • Cool place, I probably never would have had the chance to see a live musk ox in my life if it weren't for this place. They sell the musk-ox wool and garments made from the wool. They also gave education speeches about reindeer and caribou and the genetic variants.
  • You pay $10 a person to look at two pens, which may or may not have musk ox and reindeer close enough to see. You won't get to see the other fields with animals in them. Plus they're only open for 3 months of the year, and then only Wednesday through Sunday. It's basically just a place to rip off tourists. Save your money and go see the reindeer at the Santa Claus House FOR FREE. Or if you're down south in Anchorage visit the Musk Ox farm in Palmer, which will give you a better value.
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