Adopt A Muskox


Despite their name, muskox are members of the goat family. They’re an ancient species of arctic mammal with a thick outer coat consisting of long (up to 36 inches) guard hairs that cover a dense underfur known as qiviut. Qiviut is considered to be one of the warmest materials in the world.

In the summer of 2010, a muskox calf was rescued from an oil facility in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The staff of several companies in the area assisted with the capture of the orphaned female muskox and worked with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to relocate the calf to the AWCC. After the successful relocation, and the AWCC took the animal in, nursing her to health and working very closely with Large Animal Research Station (LARS) through the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Artemis comes to the AWCC after being rescued near Endicott, an oil field close to Prudhoe Bay. Artemis’s rescue was a true team effort involving the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, BP, Hilcorp, Alaska Clean Seas (ACS), Shared Services, and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. After a grizzly bear killed two adult muskoxen within Artemis’ grazing herd, the rest of the herd scattered and Artemis was left alone. Alaska Clean Seas later found Artemis hunkering down under a raised utility building. After getting permission from ADF&G to go ahead with a rescue, they proceeded with grabbing this feisty little gal who was particularly energetic despite having been on her own for 3 days. She was then transported with BP’s air charter Shared Services out of Deadhorse, Alaska, and flown to Anchorage. Artemis now has a permanent home here at the AWCC.

*Artemis is available for adoption because she is a calf. 

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By adopting an animal at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, you can enjoy animal parenthood without all the work! Our professional staff will provide a special diet, environment, and veterinary care that your animal requires. You’ll enjoy wonderful benefits with each adoption level, as well as the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to provide a good home for your selected animal at the AWCC. Adopted animals remain in the care of AWCC. 

Adoption Levels & Benefits:

The Skulk Level $30
The Green option! It includes digital adoption certificate and the digital quarterly newsletter. (This option is digital and is available internationally. Shipping not available.) If purchasing as a gift, please include recipient’s emails in the “Order Notes” at checkout. Tax-deductible amount $25.

The Chain Level $50
Adoption certificate, small animal plush toy*, animal trading card, and the digital quarterly newsletter.
*Reindeer & Muskox not available at this level. Tax-deductible amount $25.

The Prickle Level $100
Adoption certificate, large animal plush toy, animal trading card, and the digital quarterly newsletter. Tax-deductible amount $50.

The Yoke Level $100
Adoption certificate, T-shirt (please indicate size), animal trading card, and the digital quarterly newsletter. Tax-deductible amount $50.

The Gang Level $500
Adoption certificate, tote bag, animal plush toy, T-shirt (please indicate size), and the digital quarterly newsletter. Tax-deductible amount $410.

The Parliament Level $1,000
Adoption certificate, a Walk on the Wild Side tour for 4 people (reservations required), and the digital quarterly newsletter. Tax-deductible amount $495.

All levels may choose to receive adoption certificates digitally or to opt out of the gifts and have 100% of your adoption amount to support our animals.

Help us fundraise for a
NEW Animal Clinic & Housing building

"These additions and expansions will make it possible for us to provide the best care for resident animals and allow us to expand opportunities to rescue, care for, and potentially release injured and orphaned animals back into the wild."  Dr. Oakley, AWCC Head Veterinarian