The muskox programme

Movement patterns of muskox in the world’s largest national park.

Collaboration between the Arctic Research Centre at Aarhus University and Copenhagen Zoo.The project’s primary aim is to map the movement patterns of the muskox in the world’s largest national park in the high arctic region of Northeast Greenland. The muskox is the only large terrestrial herbivore in the Arctic and is therefore of great importance to the ecosystem. Muskox distribution data in and around Zackenberg Research Station is important in relation to the management of muskox in Greenland and especially in the national park. In October a second expedition to Northeast Greenland was completed to attach new satellite collars on muskox.

Anaesthesia of muskox in high arctic conditions

In connection with attaching the GPS collar on muskox in the high arctic of Northeast Greenland, 15 muskox cows were immobilized. In order to demonstrate the safety and feasibility of the applied anaesthesia protocol in extreme weather conditions vital signs such as respiration, heart rate, blood pressure, carbon dioxide) were measured during anaesthesia. The measurements were made by the Zoo’s veterinarian Carsten Grondahl and veterinarian Emilie Andersen Ranberg.