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Large Animal Research Station

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2220 Yankovich Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6508
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Couple_OR_Travelers wrote a review Feb. 13
Salem, Oregon97 contributions21 helpful votes
My wife and I recently had the opportunity to tour the LARS. It was a great experience. I was left wondering, “why is this not a bigger deal??”. We were the only ones on the tour which we actually appreciated very much. A smaller tour gives the guide more time to focus on us and our questions. I had never been so close to a musk ox or a reindeer before so this was a new experience for the both of us. The barn was interesting to see because of the way they use the equipment to access the animals. I was very impressed by our guide, Lauren (sp-so sorry) who made our tour fun and very enjoyable. She had an infectious laugh and really communicated the LARS staff’s love and care for these animals. She was knowledgeable and friendly and full of anecdotes about the animals and called many of them by name. The tour is fairly short and an easy walk even when we visited in February (the snow was deep but the roads and walking paths were well shoveled). If you have a bit of time to devote to this tour it’s well worth it. It’s off the beaten tourist normal itinerary and that’s a good thing and also brings a sense of attention to these animals. It’s also beneficial to watch an online video of what the staff of the LARS actually do so you can better appreciate the tour. There’s a small gift shop at the end where you can pick up a souvenir or two which is always nice. Because of the lack of tourists during these times it’s especially important we support this type of place. Also, because of the lack of traffic it’s important to tip your guide if you feel like it (so bring cash). It’s an important sign of appreciation and a boost to a person who took the time to educate and entertain you for a bit 😊. This is another “don’t miss” opportunity!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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gregthatcher wrote a review Sep. 2020
Granbury, Texas10 contributions2 helpful votes
`No one is available to answer questions in September, but you do get to see them sort of through a fence and at a distance. We did have one come up close but moved away fairly quickly from the fenced area.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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JC:) wrote a review Mar. 2020
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The baby muskoxen were definitely the highlight of this visit. They're so cute. The tour guide was excellent as well and very informative. There was a small gift shop at the entrance that sold soft and warm qiviut (a muskox's underfur). There were also some reindeer there, which were cool to see.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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CarolK09 wrote a review Oct. 2019
Whitney, Texas, USA71 contributions19 helpful votes
We've taken the tour during the seasonal opening times and it's been most enjoying - learning about the Musk Ox and seeing the babies close up. Even during the times we been in Fairbanks and they've been closed, we still go by there to see if any of the Musk Ox are out in the open area or by the hay racks having a snack. Thanks to UAF for making this possible!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Elisabeth D wrote a review Sep. 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan57 contributions7 helpful votes
If you haven't been to Alaska before, or haven't seen these animals in person before, you have to go see this! You can animals from the road for free. However, sometimes they are far away and unable to be seen from the road. Paying for a tour would be worth it!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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