GREENLAND (2020)-Mammals- Ox & Walrus (2v)

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Musk oxen

Musk oxen are best known for their horns and shaggy pelt, which is composed of a thick, grey inner wool and thick brown outer hair. They have fur and a snout resembling a sheep, but their horns are those of an ox.

Males’ horns are thick and have grown together at the brow. Musk oxen have lighter-coloured fur on the back and a hump above their shoulders. They are closely related to the goat like goral, which lives in Asia. Their natural habitat is in North and North- east Greenland but they have also been introduced to various parts of West Greenland. Musk oxen normally live in herds and can be dangerous to approach.

Musk oxen are bovines. They feed on grass, shrubs, lichens and mosses as well as Arctic willow and other woody shoots.


The walrus is a species of seal with a large, broad front body and neck and a small at-snouted head with tusks up to 50 cm in length. Males are largest and often have scars and lumps on their front section, the re- sult of violent pre-mating ghts.

There are three separate Atlantic walrus populations in Greenland: The Northern Waters population, the West Greenland population and the East Greenland population.

Walruses live near the coast or polynyas, i.e. areas of open water surrounded by sea ice. The walrus population of East Greenland has permanent resting places on land. Walruses live in herds and communicate with each other.

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