Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Girdwood

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Experience Alaska’s diverse wildlife and breathtaking scenery at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Set on over 69 hectares (170 acres) of land, the center is dedicated to education and the preservation of Alaskan wildlife, housing an assortment of endangered animals native to the state. Meander through the park in your car or on foot, stopping to admire the animal residents, including dozens of elk, moose, musk oxen, and Hugo, the center’s beloved grizzly bear. For an extra fee, you can opt to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility to learn more about the animals and their trainers and to gain access to some of the park’s off-limits animal enclosures. Take a look at our Anchorage trip builder to schedule your visit to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We visited on a rainy day but the bison, moose, elk, bears and wolves did not mind the rain. This place is a wonderful sanctuary for rescued and orphaned animals. We were there to see a baby bear eat ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    while our guide for the private VIP tour was not the best (very flat personality, knowledgeable about the basics but not everything as she was only a student there for the summer) it was definitely wo...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is home to many species of rescued Alaska wildlife. My family visited in August, 2017. Our group included my two young grandsons, ages 3 and 5. We happened to b...  more »
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  • June 12, 2017
    The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a must see if you are near Girdwood. It's an amazing organization to support. They have rescued and rehabilitated so many animals including, a 3-legged porcupine named Kit Kat and a one winged eagle. There is a gift shop to stroll through where all proceeds go directly to conservation efforts. On the back patio of the gift shop is where the sale items are. Grab a hot tea or coffee in the little mini mart and walk around the center. Check out all the animals and take plenty of pics. TIP: wear durable shoes you don't mind getting muddy.
  • June 10, 2017
    I came here around 5:30, planning to only spend an hour here. Hahahaha. 2 hours later, I left reluctantly because this place is fantastic. The people working here are very passionate about their work at the conservation center and it shows in the animals themselves. It was fantastic for me to enjoy the wildlife (animals who were injured in the wild and are here to recuperate and either be released or kept here if there injury is too severe). The scenery adds a breathtaking backdrop and it was fun to drive a bit and get out and walk and then drive a bit again, especially since it dropped 10 degrees as rain rolled in. I highly recommend that if you are in the area, you must stop here. So wonderful!
  • June 2, 2017
    When you want to see many Alaskan animals in one place. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is an amazing location with improvements to the area every year. You can see how the management wants to make this location large enough for the animals, but also enjoyable for the public. If you want to see the bears then arrive around feeding time. Bring a camera with a long lens, because not all animals are right next to the fence. Drive slowly for not only safety reasons, but to minimize the amount of dust you'll lift into the air. People and cars share much of the same area here. The gift shop has a huge selection of gifts, so take a look.
  • June 22, 2017
    I was not impressed at all. The animals are contained in small cages or enclosures. Some of them have worn out paths from pacing their cages. the bear exhibit looked pretty neat but the fox and porcupine were just depressing to look at.
  • June 1, 2017
    Great stop on the way to Seward from Anchorage. I would suggest walking to center, as it's not big enough to drive through (in my opinion). Wonderful scenery, very friendly staff.

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