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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Girdwood

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Educational Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
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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  • We come out here at least twice a year. We seem to always come out on a windy or rainy day. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. The animals are a lot of fun to see. We love what they do here...  read more »
  • I didn't see the zoo, but I liked this because the animals are being cared for since they cannot survive in the wild. Whether some one cared for them poorly, they were found abandoned as a cub in a fi...  read more »
  • Totally worth every single dime! Got to see so many animals. The Captain frequently stopped so we could get a closer look. Learned some interesting things about Alaska and the formation all together. ...  read more »
  • You can see most common Alaska wildlife up close and personal in more natural settings than a zoo. Most of these animals are orphaned, injured, or otherwise unreleasable Into the wild. They also did a wonderful project raising and releasing wood bison Into the wild, which had become extinct in Alaska. These were imported from Canada and are now thriving in Alaska. You can drive to most of the enclosures, or walk but there are some distances to be considered if you have seniors in your party. They have a very good gift shop, and a place to buy basic lunch and snack foods. They are remodeling now so their normal restrooms are out of service. Instead they have porta potties, which of course are much more difficult to keep clean so that is the only downside but that will be changing soon. Oh, and children under 12 are free, which is a great bonus.
  • Had a beautiful day, very helpful staff, and many beautiful animals. The only negative thing was the condition of the moose. They really looked pretty pitiful. The attendant said one had just been wormed. I have no idea what is wrong with the others but there should at least an explanation.
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center was a very pleasant stop on our journey through Alaska. What are the things that we found interesting, besides the animals, was learning about the history of the area. This area was affected by the earthquake that actually pushed seawater Inland and killed off all the trees Within the area. They will show you how many of the trees are petrified after being submerged in seawater post earthquake. They have a raptor recovery area for bald eagles and other Raptors who have been injured and are unable to return to the wild. They also have moose, caribou, bears and other other Native Alaskan wildlife. If you get to see the bears during feeding time then that is a major treat. In a lot of ways this is like many of your drive-thru zoos and nature preserves. It is hard to beat the natural beauty of the surroundings of this one. It makes it a relaxing stop along the way to wherever you're going in Alaska.
  • It's fun seeing the animals. And of course the scenery is beautiful, staff was friendly, and answered all my questions :) You can drive or walk, the walk is very leisurely. It's worth checking out.
  • This is a wonderful place to see wildlife in a natural habitat. Not to be confused with a is a place of rehabilitation for injured or abandoned animals. Due to the nature of their individual situations, the animals located there can no longer return to the wild. You may walk or drive through ... howerver, we advise walking so to observe the animals and habitat better.
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