Accession Number
1988.309.1
Brief Description
One brown and white taxidermied canine, 1988. The male canine, named Jens, was a Greenland husky bred at Scott Base in the 1970s.
Production Date
1978
Production Place
Associated Place
Associated Place Notes
Part of a working team at.
Background
The role of sled dogs in Antarctic exploration can not be overstated. The first dogs taken to the continent were Samoyed as part of the Southern Cross Expedition of 1899-1900 to Cape Adare. Every major expedition since then, including expeditions by Scott, Shackleton, Mawson, and Byrd, continued the practice. Over time, Greenland huskies replaced the Samoyeds and two of these huskies, bred at Scott base, feature in the Antarctic Gallery. Opolotok was born 1971and grew to be a huge hard working team member. Sadly, he suffered with frost bitten pads and died in 1977 at Scott Base. Jens was born the following year and died in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1988. When the dogs ceased operations in Antarctica Jens had been purchased by a dog breeder in Minnesota, America.

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