Asia & Artic

Altai Argalil– This sheep is the largest of about seven subspecies of argali sheep (which also includes the Marco Polo sheep) and is the largest wild sheep in the world. All argali inhabit central Asia, which includes northern China, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Polar Bear– As one of the world’s largest land predators, the polar bear tops the food chain in the Arctic where they dine primarily on seals.  Polar bears are found in the U.S. (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Denmark, Greenland, and Norway.  The adult male polar bear weighs from 775 to more than 1,500 pounds.  Females are considerably smaller, normally weighing 330 to 550 pounds.

Asian Sheep Display– This display features all Asian sheep including Marco Polo sheep, Siberian snow sheep, putorana snow sheep, gobi ibex, bezoar Ibex, black and white goidered gazelle

Musk Ox– These arctic inhabitants are closely related to the American bison, though their horns more closely resemble that of the African Cape buffalo. It is hard to believe that the slow moving buffalo of the north has been able to survive the millenniums without being wiped out by predators, yet they exist in very healthy numbers in the far north. One reason is that the adults will form a circle around the smaller members of the herd. Shoulder to shoulder, they represent a formidable shield to attacking wolves. A musk ox can easily disembowel a wolf by hooking it with its horns. This adaptability is probably the only reason musk ox survive today. Its coat of very heavy hair protects it from the severe arctic weather. Note that the long hair only goes to its knees, allowing it to walk through snow without having it cling to its legs and impede its progress.

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