(moose parks, research centers, etc.)

The Pechora moose farm was a foregoer of the Kostroma farm. The farm still exists as a scientific laboratory and a tourism center.

Photo by A.Satsuk, the director of the farm (himself, with Ada, 2004)

Pechoro-Ilych reserve, as I could see it in 1977:

I recommend reading a tour to the Pechoro-Ilych reserve and moose farm (in Russian)

The moose research station of the Elk (moose, of course) Island National Park, 2 km from Moscow border. The territory of the park is used for recreation by Moscow inhabitants, over 26 thousand people in the daytime. Some of them, daring to enter unfordable Yauza marshes, have a chance to meet tame moose with radio collars. Some of our hand-reared moose prefer to spend winter on the station near food troughs.

The national park is separated from other forests of Moscow region with urbanized areas, ribbon buildings along railroads and highways .To prevent inbreeding in an almost isolated moose population, a small research station was established to raise calves from Kostroma farm, to raise orphaned calves from Moscow region forests, and as a research, education and entertainment center. An adult moose cow and 6 calves arrived from the Kostroma farm in 2002-2004; 4 orphaned calves – from hunting grounds of the Moscow region; 1 cow saved from a private wild beast show; this winter she returned to the biostation with a calf. These two calves were raised using goat milk:

Like on Pechora and Kostroma farms, moose can spend some periods free-ranging or leave the research station for ever if they want. They give birth and raise their calves as wild moose. We know all about their movements because they are equipped with radio tags. The radio collars get position data by means of GPS receivers and send us messages (SMS) through GSM cellular network. >

Naka and her calves do not hesitate to enter villages inside Elk Island natural park:

The moose research station is situated in the «reserved» area of the national park. Sika deer prefer to spend winter and early spring near troughs, but hide in the deep forests near Yauza marshes all through the summer. Sika deer is regarded as one of the most beautiful deer on the earth along with fallow deer and axis.

I tagged this female with a radio collar in 1982

Summer, 2003

Near the road to the moose research station

Near the road to the moose research station in 2007

The Green Haven, a landing place on Svir River in Leningradsky region. A moose farm was established as a tourist attraction alongside with vodka museum, horse riding and folk souvenir factory and shop.

After some years of «prosperity», the vegetation inside small enclosures degraded, though moose were fed ad libitum. Falling trees released the animals who left the farm one by one and never returned. Now the facility helps orphans to survive (see https://www.sirin-wildlife.com or https://sirin.help)

A new moose farm in Tumen region of Russia. In 2008, nine calves and 3 adult animals from the Kostroma farm became a basis of the new domestic moose population.

Three bears in Karelia, a small zoo and a tourist hotel. It seems that no moose left here.


Kenai Peninsula moose research center, Alaska

Algenshus in Sweden. Not only moose milk, but also moose cheese.

Vittangi Algpark in Sweden. "The park is being phased out" is written on this site.

Moosegarden in Sweden. A well-known tourist attraction.

Losiowa Dolina (Moose Valley) in Poland. One more tourist attraction, a little bit risky, breaking rules of safe work with moose. Judging from the photographs, a visitor could be involved in moose games or conflicts and be hurt on occasion. Moose is a very strong animal and can traumatize a man unintentionally.

Hirvikartano (Moose Manor) in Finland. Another tourist attraction. 2 young moose cows and a male moose in captivity since 01.01.2009.

Elch und Rentierfarm (Moose and reindeer farm) in Germany. A tourist attraction. Breeding moose, reindeer, wapity, moufflon and fallow deer for sale.

Deer in the yard. Though they are not moose, I place a link here. I think this is the best example of peaceful coexistence with wild nature.

For general information see Mooseworld - the most comprehensive Internet resource about wild moose.
To help all animals, visit Animal Liberation Front

(to be continued)