Canadian Muskoxen in Central Europe - A Zoo Veterinary Review

  • K.B. Seidel Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde GmbH, Tierklinik, Am Tierpark 125, D-10307 Berlin
  • J.E. Rowell institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000, Alaska
Keywords: Ovibos moschatus, disease, parasitology, pediatrics, zoo medicine, review, muskoxen, captivity, Europe


This paper summarizes 29 years of veterinary experience maintaining a herd of muskoxen at the Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde, Berlin, Germany. The transplanted muskoxen acclimated to the zoo enviroment without fatalities. However, a few striking changes were seen. They exhibit a high sensitivity to sudden changes in weather conditions (especially falling atmospheric pressure); there is a tendency for their qiviut to become sparser with time; rutting and subsequent calving occur later than in their native habitat. Details of medical conditions in both calves and adults ate given along with information on hematology and immobilization.
How to Cite
SeidelK., & RowellJ. (1996). Canadian Muskoxen in Central Europe - A Zoo Veterinary Review. Rangifer, 16(2), 79-85.