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Large Animal Research Station, Fairbanks

#5 of 11 in Parks in Fairbanks
Wildlife Area · Educational Site
Locals refer to us by our acronym, LARS, or as the muskox farm, but our official title is the Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station. LARS is managed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks to provide a unique facility for research and education that focuses on muskoxen and reindeer.

Visitors in the off-season can safely observe some of our animals from the parking lot when they are in pens near the road.

To ensure you will see these critters, visit during our public hours. Our knowledgeable naturalist will teach you everything you want to know about the muskoxen and reindeer who live here! We have presentations on our open days at 10, 12, and 2.
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  • Oh my, if you are an ardent animal lover, and interested in learning more about the musk ox and reindeer, this is not to be missed. We had a group tour (maximum of 10 in the group) which was both...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Lucky to get to this place before closed for season. They had a local event. Normally pay is $10 but even provided entrance with three items for their local shelter. Pretty packed with kids that day. So made it a little unenjoyable with a big crowd for small area. Nice to learn a little bit about the local wildlife and chance to see them close.
  • Love this little tour. Enjoyed seeing the baby muskox bleating for it's mama. Staff was very knowledgeable and personable. The knick-knacks at the shop were cute. Its only $10 (young children are free) - which is a great deal considering how much money is spent taking care of the animals. Heard there was a more comprehensive, private tour, but we enjoyed the shorter one.

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