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Muskox

Did you know?

Ovibos moschatus wardi

Muskoxen have secret weapon against the cold – a two-layer coat. Their soft underwool, called qiviut (“kiv-ee-ute”) is warmer than sheep’s wool and softer than cashmere. They shed it in spring.

Discover Muskoxen

Habitat
Wild and Zoo
Muskoxen have lived in the frozen Arctic for many thousands of years, living on prairies and tundra in Greenland, northern Canada and Alaska. Find them in our Arctic Tundra .
Arctic Tundra
Meet the Keepers
(Double duty.)
Our muskoxen are taken care of by our elephant keepers! They give chats near the elephant barn daily. Bring your questions!
Zookeeper Life: Piper

Meet our Muskoxen

Hudson
Charlotte

Protecting Muskox

Saving a species.

THE THREAT: Muskoxen were hunted for meat and hides in the 19th and 20th centuries, and their populations plummeted.

TAKE ACTION: The Northwest Game Act of 1917 allowed for conservation efforts that helped their recovery, and there are now around 80,000 muskoxen in the wild. Conservation works!

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