Musk-Ox and Reindeer at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks...
"Musk-oxen have horns but reindeer have antlers. (You need to pass the horn to the person next to you.) Antlers are shed, but horns continually grow throughout an animal's life. (Don't cry, you can look at it again later!)."
Both musk-oxen and reindeer are native to the tundra and live in herds while feeding on grasses - often pawing through the snow to access the plants. Due to hunting, musk-oxen could no longer be found in Alaska by the 1800s. In the 1930s a group of musk-oxen from Greenland were introduced to Alaska and the population is doing well. LARS has one of the few populations of domesticated musk-oxen. We were fortunate to see a few babies out for the first time in their yard romping like puppies!
Walking with Reindeer...
What we learned about reindeer...
We learned a number of things about reindeer at Running Reindeer Ranch!
11 Things You May Not Know About Reindeer from Mental Floss
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