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Alaska Zoo, Anchorage
(3.7/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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. Arrange to visit Alaska Zoo and other attractions in Anchorage using our Anchorage trip itinerary maker.
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  • While it was nice to see some of the animals that eluded me in my outdoor adventures (and probably much safer) I was surprised to see the size - and lack thereof - of many of the enclosures, and I hon...  more »
  • The zoo is small, and that would have been fine, but the animals need larger enclosures. Most of them were pacing back and forth and were not content in their spaces. Looked like they had lighting up ...  more »
  • We like this zoo because it's Alaska animals. There's none of the "normal zoo animals" like giraffes, elephants, etc, but there are animals specific to Alaska hat other zoos don't have: musk ox, wolve...  more »
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  • This zoo is different than most in the lower 48 in that it's smaller and seems to have a different focus. We we lived in Phoenix we used to go to the Phoenix Zoo which is nice however I prefer The Alaska Zoo because the walk is so much more enjoyable even if there is overall less exhibits. We ended up getting seasons passes as its a quick outing and like every zoo, is going to be a different experience based on time of day and time of year. We have our own stroller that works well on trails however it does appear that they have loaner strollers that would do better on the paths than city strollers. The paths aren't perfect level cement paths everywhere which is nice as I think it makes it feel a bit more natural.
  • I love this place. Four stars because I've been to big city zoos. This is small, but a great place. People who call it depressing clearly don't understand that this place helps orphaned and wounded animals. It isn't meant to be a big city zoo.
  • The Alaska Zoo is awesome. It's a great place to take the kids for some outdoor exercise, and they love the animals, many of which will interact with you if you're there at the right time of day. They have many weekly and summer programs for kids of all ages, and their gift shop is great. They are constantly improving the animal's enclosures as they can with the money and weather restraints they have to work with. Sure, larger zoos with larger budgets and warmer weather to accommodate more exotic animals are nice as well, but not all zoos have polar bears and moose and musk oxen, or the charm our Alaska Zoo!!
  • Place is boring and depressing to say the least. A few exciting points like the snow leopard and being able to see the Tigers and Bears from above and not through fencing. Liked that for the most part (besides tigers) they kept with local wildlife. I'd like to know of these animals are being rescued or just captured for people's entertainment. If the staff was friendly than maybe we would have gotten answers. I would not waste my time here if I were u.
  • Always a good experience when I visit. It gives everyone a chance to get an up close look at animals found in Alaska and some from other parts of the world. I like supporting the zoo because they do great rehabilitation work and educate the public a out wildlife.