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Found in herds in the snow-covered Arctic, these majestic giants make for fantastic photography subjects. Enjoy these photos and get an insight into their behavior. At the bottom of this page, you will find more details of these wonderful animals, and how climate change affects them.
Home Decor with Fine Arts Photography
These musk ox pictures in snow make for ideal decor, for home, office, and also business establishment. They show so much power and strength that just looking at them gives me high energy. Though I prefer them on a metallic Kodak paper we have sold a few on fine art mat paper they are also available to order in a variety of sizes, print material, and framing options. However, you choose to go about selecting the perfect photo to bring into your home, focus on the decorative objects and artwork that bring you absolute joy. If your heart speaks to a black and white photograph, listen to it and find a collection suited best for your walls.
If your heart beats to a colorful and vibrant fine art photo, it can be a great focal point for family events and also your special guests. Above all, it’s all about what your heart wants. Follow it because it will never set you wrong. We welcome all to enjoy pictures of animals from around the world.
Musk Ox Characteristics
Male and also female musk oxen have long curved horns. Musk oxen stand 4 to 5 ft high. They have a small tail which is concealed under a layer of fur. Adults, on average 630 pounds. The thick coat and large head suggest a larger animal than the muskox truly is. Their coat, a mix of dark/ grayish brown, includes long guard hairs that almost reach the ground. Musk oxen are occasionally domesticated for wool, meat, and also milk. They mark their trails with preorbital glands. A musk ox can reach speeds of 37 mph. Their life expectancy is 12–20 years.
The musk ox lives in herds of 12–24 during winter and 8–20 in the summer. Male and also female musk oxen both have separate age-based hierarchies like most wildlife groups. The mature oxen are always dominant over the juveniles. Dominant musk oxen often get access to the best resources and also land. They will displace subordinates from patches of grass during the winter season. Musk oxen bulls assert their dominance in many ways. Bulls are also known to roar, they swing their heads, and also paw the ground. The dominant bulls often treat subordinate bulls like cows of an ice age. A dominant bull will casually kick subordinates. Subordinate bulls can change their status among herds by charging at the dominant bull in the herd with their massive horns.
How Climate Change Affects the Musk Oxen
Taking these Musk Oxen are inexorably linked to climate stressors in the Arctic. Unlike people and other animal species, they do not adapt very well to warm weather temperatures and they are also feeling the brunt of CLIMATE CHANGE. Due to climate change, it’s been found that newborn musk ox has a smaller head size. Pregnant Musk oxen are more vulnerable and also risk starving due to climate change which leads to death or the world population decrease. Musk ox can push through the loose powdery snow aside with their snout and legs, but when rain falls on top of snow and then refreezes, it forms a hard layer of ice. Muskoxen cannot break through this ice so they struggle to find food.
Like many animals, they are forced to migrate northwards as warming temperatures force them to also find new habitats. In the near future, they and other species could run out of places to retreat to.
Conservation: How We Help Animals Affected by Climate Change
As a fashion photographer, I pay the models. As a wildlife photographer, I can not pay the musk oxen herd in these photographs of animals. I’ve developed relationships with conservation organizations such as the Wolf Conservation Center, and World Animal Protection. A percentage of all print sales is given to these organizations to preserve animals. When you purchase a musk oxen print for your home decor, you are directly helping the animals.
Pictures of the Musk Oxen, the Arctic Giant
On my expeditions to capture musk oxen pictures, I have gained so much knowledge of these amazing beasts. With a local name that translates to ‘the bearded one,’ the Arctic Musk Ox is a large species of herbivore weighing up to 800 pounds or so. They adapt to the Arctic with several layers of hair, and their signature horns are a deadly weapon (and make for a significant focus during photography!). You can find herds in the Arctic region. To see one in the flesh is astonishing – it’s so remarkable what Mother Nature is capable of. I had the privilege to photograph them first in Norway than in the Canadian arctic. Most importantly, I was mesmerized each time I came face to face with them. Their coat, a mix of black, grey, and also brown, includes long guard hairs that almost reach the ground.
Natives living in the arctic region generally use the musk ox wool or musk ox yarn due to the length, softness, and also warmth provides. They also have very thick horns on top of their forehead that works as a shield for the head butting for dominance in the herd.
Musk Ox fine art photography Shot in Norway
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MUSK OXEN FAQ
A: The musk ox lives in the frozen Arctic and roams the tundra.
A: Musk oxen fur is very long and also a thick outer coat can reach nearly 40 inches long. This is perfect to prevent heat loss for musk oxen.
A: The musk ox eats mainly moss, roots, and plants along with flowers and grasses during the summer season.
A: Our collection of musk ox pictures can be purchased in different sizes ranging from 8 inches in height to 43.5 inches.
A: An adult musk ox can run 37 mph.
A: The muskox, also spelled musk ox and musk-ox, is an Arctic hoofed mammal of the family Bovidae, noted for its thick coat and for the strong odor emitted during the seasonal rut by males, from which its name derives.
A: Like in our muskox images above, Both male and female muskoxen have long, curved horns. Muskoxen stand 4 to 5 ft)high at the shoulder, with muskox females measuring 4.4 to 6.6 ft in length, and the larger males 6.6 to 8.2 ft. The small tail, often concealed under a layer of fur, measures only 3.9 in long on the muskox.
A: Yes, both males and females in the herd have horns.
Musk Oxen Description Facts
Musk oxen live in the frozen Arctic, a snow winter habitat. They roam the tundra searching for roots, mosses, and lichens to feed upon. During the winter, they use their hooves to dig through snow to graze on these plants. In the summertime, their diet includes Arctic flowers and grasses, as well as feeding near water.
Muskoxen Mass: 400 – 900 lbs (Adult)
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population stable)
Musk oxen Encyclopedia of Life Scientific name and species: Ovibos moschatus
Lifespan: 12 – 20 years
Height: 3.6 – 4.9 ft. (Adult male and female, At Shoulder)
Speed: 37 mph (Maximum, Adult)
Musk Oxen Photo Size and Finish Options
• 17.5 x 26.25 in / Edition of 20
• 23.5 x 35.25 in / Edition of 20
• 35.5 x 53.25 in / Edition of 20
• 43.5 x 65.25 in / Edition of 10
FINISHING OPTIONS: Unframed or Plexiglass.