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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Genus:Ovibos
Genus species:Ovibos moschatus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:180-245 cm (including tail)
Height:110-145 cm
Weight:350-650 kg
Identification:The coat of the musk ox is black with a lighter saddle and front. Its hair is dense and long. Both sexes have long, curving horns.
Habitat:Arctic tundra near glaciers
Diet:Herbivore: grasses, sedges, reeds
Reproduction:Musk oxen breed in mid-August. After a gestation period of 8-9 months, a single calf is born in May or June. Weaning occurs at one year of age.
Musk oxen are very social animals. They can be found in mixed groups (males and females) with more than 100 individuals. During the summer before mating season, a dominant bull will drive all of the other males out of the group.
Behavior:If threatened, a group of musk oxen will form a circle and face the predators, with the calves inside the circle for protection.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Musk oxen are used by the Inuits for their hides, meat, and horns. Their name comes from the strong odor that males emit during breeding.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern North America Date:1973-07 Subjects:Musk ox
even-toed ungulate
Muskox
Ovibos
Bovidae
Ruminants
Artiodactyla
Ungulates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata