Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Girdwood

4.5
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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Anchorage holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We were a little skeptical because we don't like the animals in captivity, but we looked back, also because of the half-day of good weather. The animals have almost all space and it is they who decide whether to show up. One of the bears is very nice as well as the porcupine.
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  • First of all, I choose AWCC as my charity donation of choice each year because of the amazing and educated staff, and how much they care about these amazing animals. The visits can be chilly if you do...  more »
  • What a wonderful way to learn about the animals in Alaska, we had an amazing time. We went Nov. 5th so gloves and hats required, but we walked the entire area. Loved all the information available and ...  more »
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  • The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a place that not to be missed when you visit Alaska. It have all the amazing tundra weather land-based animals. The conservation center is surrounded by beautiful mountains and it open the whole year even during winter. You have great chance to see from near at moose, muskox, elk, reindeer (caribou), baby moose, grizzly bear, black bear, brown bear, lynx, bison and red fox. This is a place where you can have once in a lifetime experience to see moose so close-by. I have some good pictures of the wildlife with background of amazing views of hanging glaciers. The conservation center is located 45 minutes from Anchorage and the during journey to the center, you will see some of the magnificent mountains view. Great place to see all the tundra based animals with spectacular mountain background view. The animals are all quite unique especially for those who live in hot and humid countries.
  • This is a great visit for all ages. Very accessible with extra educational activities throughout the day, it is a great wildlife viewing experience. Bears, moose, wood bison, porcupine, elk, caribou, lynx, wolves, and more call this incredible sanctuary their home. They are easily viewed. Large, open enclosures allow for up-close observation. The animals appear very content and well-cared for. If you're lucky enough to catch a clear day, there are views of several glaciers. It is large enough to get your 10,000 steps in, yet compact and level enough to provide ease of access for just about anyone. This place is to thoroughly enjoyable. I'd recommend it to anyone.
  • Wonderful stop driving south out of Anchorage. A must see. The center houses numerous animals in their natural habitat. You can either drive or walk the entire center and they do have a new are opening soon towards the river. As a conservationist photographer I firmly believe in the work the center is doing and I will always lend a few dollars to support their mission.
  • Stopped here as part of a tour. Had a great time seeing all of the wildlife. Our tour guide also had stories about some of the individual animals as well which made it a lot more special than going to a zoo. We got to see some of the bears playing and also got to watch a porcupine get fed (shout out to Snickers and Kit Kat) would definitely recommend stopping here.
  • If you have not been able to see the bid animal of Alaska - bear, moose, deer, fox - in the wild. Then this is a great place to definitely see them all! There is reindeer, bears, bison, musk-ox, foxes! They also have an eagle, which we later learned in Denali was from the movie into the wild. They have special programs everyday and we were lucky to catch the bear feeding. They train the bears to do behaviors by using food and it is most adorable.
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