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Musk Oxen & Moose Calves Thriving Together

AWCC combined the two musk oxen calves and the three moose calves currently under their care this past weekend. So far, the experimental introduction is going well - both sets of animals are getting along famously. The Center has named the calves as follows: Musk Ox Calf: Hammond; Musk Ox Calf: Walter; Moose Calf: Ted; Moose Calf: Tony; Moose Calf: Sarah

AWCC combined the two musk oxen calves and the three moose calves currently under their care this past weekend. So far, the experimental introduction is going well - both sets of animals are getting along famously. The Center has named the calves as follows: Musk Ox Calf: Hammond; Musk Ox Calf: Walter; Moose Calf: Ted; Moose Calf: Tony; Moose Calf: Sarah

PHOTO: © 2012 Doug Lindstrand

AWCC’s unprecedented combination of these two species shows promise

(Portage, AK) The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center has played host to several calves this spring. Elk, wood bison, musk oxen, and orphaned moose calves have all made the roster this year, and are all thriving under the care of the Center’s staff. In a unique twist, the Center staff has combined two species not usually seen together, and the results so far have been positive.

“We have yet to try something like this”, said Mike Miller, Executive Director at the Center. “We were prepared to separate them if it did not go as planned, but so far, the calves are getting along famously.” Moose and Musk Ox do not occur in the wild naturally, so Center staff was not sure if they would work together in the same enclosure, but they were willing to give it a try.

The “Calf Rearing Enclosure” is now in full swing, with the 3 rescued moose calves, and the two musk ox calves sharing this large enclosure. The staff at AWCC tends to the calves several times a day, providing great viewing and education opportunities for the Portage non-profit’s visitors. “We enjoy showcasing the Center’s calves this time of year”, said Miller. “Adding in a twist like this, where two species of animal are combined like this for the first time provides a more unique visit for the guest, and we’re proud to be pioneering this”, he finished.

The moose and musk oxen calves are on display daily at the Center, and feeding times are at 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM every day. The Center staff plans to keep close watch on the two sets of animals throughout the summer, but don’t forecast any issues.

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a 501 c 3 corporation dedicated to conserving Alaska’s Wildlife through education, and quality animal care. They are located at mile 79 of the Seward Highway and open from 8 AM to 8 PM daily. Find them online at www.alaskawildlife.org

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