Alaska Zoo, Anchorage
Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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We rented a car very inexpensively, and drove out from the hotel (About 20-25 min drive from Captain Cook hotel downtown Anchorage) You can do the zoo in an hour if you power through! Great morning ac... read more »
it's is truely an alaska zoo. the zoo is not loaded with a lot of different animal, only animals that are unique to alaska. it was like noah's ark of alaska. at each habitat it had the story on how th... read more »
A good variety of animals, particularly as we want d to see bears, brown and black, polar bears (Kanu k from Australia was a big surprise ) moose, elk etc ect Worth a visit if you have the time
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.
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.
Had a horrible time today. My dad is handicap and in a wheel chair. The terrain is terrible with all little rocks everywhere. He ended up getting so sick and out of breath we had to leave 10 minutes in. They didn't give us a refund because we went through the doors. There should be paved pathways or at least tell us before we go in that the terrain is ruff. Ruined our whole day and will never go back.
most of the animals that I saw at the zoo came to the zoo injured and where not bred in captivity. I loved that. I also witnessed the connection these animals have with there caretakers. A falcon was sad to see its caretaker leave after doing a weight check, and I witnessed silver foxes getting a good ear scratch from its caregiver. There is a real connection there and it was a fun day with the kids.
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