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Alaska Zoo, Anchorage

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At Alaska Zoo, see more than 100 birds and mammals up close. Many of the zoo’s residents were rescued from the wild as orphans or after suffering an injury. Visit polar bears, bald eagles, moose, and many other inhabitants of the Alaskan wilderness. The zoo is also home to cold-climate animals from other parts of the world, such as Amur tigers and Tibetan yaks. For a behind-the-scenes look at the animals, book a Special Encounters tour and shadow zoo keepers for the day. A number of species at the zoo hibernate and therefore may be inactive during the winter. During the summer, a free shuttle service is available from downtown Anchorage to the zoo. Plan to visit Alaska Zoo and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Anchorage attractions using our Anchorage trip site .
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  • I've been here many times with my mom and brother and niece and nephews but with my hunny and her granddaughters it was their first time here and they had a blast I'm planning on going here again  more »
  • Going to the zoo in the dark was a novelty. The Christmas lights were fun, but many of the animals were tucked away for the night. Highlight was seeing the wolves so close and talking for a while to t...  more »
  • This is a fairly compact zoo that shows animals from northern climates. The cost is commensurate with the effort to keep the animals well-fed and taken care of. My kids love going here and we usually ...  more »
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  • Sad to see so This zoo is a medium sized, somewhat confusing maze of trails, but we managed to see all of the animals, and we were not disappointed. We watched and listened to a group of wolves howling. We watched the grizzlies eating. We watched the dall sheep eat up close. We saw many kinds of raptors, eagles, ravens. We saw musk oxen, coyotes, moose, porcupines, seals and many other animals! Many of the animals are rescues that can no longer live in the wild. Definitely consider visiting this zoo me unhappy animals. But they look healthy though
  • Very nice place for all ages. It is small but getting to see mostly Alaskan animals up close was exciting. I love how up close and personal you can't get with out the huge crowds.
  • Its a nice zoo to visit and the kid friendly activities they offer are fun. They could do a bit better when it comes to holiday events or any events even.
  • I really liked this zoo, more than most I've been to. It was a nice last stop on our last day in Alaska, but compared to all the epic adventures and scenery we experienced, including native animals in the wild, it felt a bit tame by comparison. The zoo is not overwhelmingly large, but features mostly animals native to Alaska. It's a great opportunity to see them up close, as out in the wilderness you typically need high-powered binoculars or a stroke of incredibly good luck. The enclosures are large enough to give the animals room to roam, but not too large that they can roam far from view. It's a very family-friendly place, evidenced by the large number of mostly local families we saw there. Something I could tolerate, but that didn't necessarily add to the experience.
  • Loved this zoo! Went during mid-February and there wasn’t a soul in the place! It was absolutely awesome. Got to see the beautiful tigers they had - I do worry that the animals aren’t cared for extremely well but they seemed to be okay.

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