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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Loses Longtime Friend

Chemo the moose with National Geographic crew at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Chemo the moose with National Geographic crew at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Photo courtesy of Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Center Staff Saddened by the Loss of Chemo the Moose

When working with animals, it is bound to happen, and the staff of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is saddened by the loss of a longtime companion – Chemo the Moose. As the snow piled up, this 16 year old moose was having trouble getting around, and was rapidly declining. It was a tough decision by Center staff to say good bye.

Chemo arrived at the Center when he was just three or four days old, and had a condition that caused a hoof malformation that required them to be trimmed by Center staff throughout his life. Chemo was never aggressive with the staff, and worked on several film projects throughout his life, including Myth Busters, and National Geographic. In his lifetime at the Center, Chemo provided countless intern students with the chance to trim his hooves, and has been captured on film by millions of Center visitors through the years.

Most bull moose in the wild don’t live past 12 or 13, and moose in captivity typically decline around age 8 or 9. AWCC attributes Chemo living until age 16 to the large enclosures he lived in all of his life, and the quality of care provided by the Center’s staff. “After having that moose here for 16 years, it is like saying goodbye to an old friend”, said Mike Miller, the Center’s executive director. “In his prime, he was a beautiful animal, and brought pleasure to the staff and visitors. I enjoyed, and will miss his company.”

The Center currently has 3 bull moose under its care. Jack, who is a 4 year old, and the two calves that were taken in this spring, Gilley & Nelson will live out their lives under the Center’s Care.

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a 501 c 3 corporation dedicated to conserving Alaska’s Wildlife through education, and quality animal care. Find them online at www.alaskawildlife.org

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