Yukon Wildlife Preserve, a non-profit centre that provides safe public viewing, research, conservation and rehabilitation for many of the territories native animals. The animals live in open enclosures that reflect their natural environment, and it's a huge reserve so it's a bit of a long tour but wonderful to experience. On this trip, we took the bus tour, so we got through a bit quicker with lots of extra stories by the conservation officer. Such as the time the muskox took issue with the SUV that entered their enclosure and destroyed it. Ornery buggers (they're my favourite).
This time, I took out my fancy camera with the wicked zoom (50x optical and 100x with digital) and got some decent pictures. I thought I'd dump them here to share, because our territorial critters are adorable.
|Wood Bison, chilling out in a pile of hay and crap.|
|The ridiculous (and at the preserve, chubby) Mule Deer.|
|Muskox - SO FLUFFY!|
|Mountain Goats, oogling us from a cliff high above the bus.|
|Linx kit, enjoying the sun. Or stalking a bird.|
|Grumpy old Linx, given his own space when the kits were too rough. GET OUTTA MA YARD.|
|Adorable Arctic Fox.|
|Caribou that's dropped its' antlers. Fun fact: both male and female caribou grow antlers!|
|9 mth old Moose, hiding in the trees. Fun Fact: Yukon population: 70 000 moose, 35 000 humans.|
|Arctic Hare. Tough life being a hare - nearly everything eats you, including ground squirrels.|
|And here's a final blurry shot of the dancing lights, lightened a bit to show off the pinks.|