Arctic Exhibit

Snow Leopard

The snow leopard eats moose, deer, hare, mice, birds, and if it is starving, it will eat dogs. The snow leopard often has its offspring in sheltered places such as a cave.

Polar Bear

The polar bear is a half ton animal that lives on ice flows in the Arctic. Killer whales, wolf packs, and man are its only predators. Man hunts it for its fur and meat. The polar bear eats seabirds, seals, fish, and crabs. The polar bear is five feet to the shoulder, and standing it is eight to 11 feet tall. Its feet are 12-inches long and 10 inches wide. Females have 1-4 babies. Pregnancy lasts seven to nine months. Young are born in the middle of winter.

Caribou

My animal is the caribou. It is also known as the reindeer, but it is considered as one species. It's really not a reindeer, except the European reindeer which is a caribou. A caribou can weigh 300 to 600 pounds. It's five feet high and seven foot long. Its enemy is man. In my section of Arctic exhibit zoo, I have a glass so people can watch the caribou, grass and trees for the caribou to graze on, and a pool of water for them to drink.

Wolf

The animal that I chose for our Arctic exhibit is the wolf. The wolf eats deer, moose, birds, fish, snakes, and large and small mammals. If it gets hungry, it will even eat berries and insects. A female wolf will have three to six pups in a litter, sometime in May or June. After four months the pups weigh up to 14 kilograms. The wolf lives in cold, snowy areas, and it builds a den for its pups.

Musk Ox

The musk ox lives in the Arctic. It eats grass and willows. Its main predators are humans and wolves. It can't do much to defend itself against humans. When it comes to wolf attacks, it uses its horns and hooves. It is hunted for its meat and fine wooly coat. Its fur, quivet, is seven times warmer than sheep's wool. Quivet is expensive and is made into the finest scarves and other garments.

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Date Updated: January 18, 2001