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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Girdwood
(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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  • Awesome place to visit to see Alaskan Wildlife that you might not see out and about. Love that they are rescuing and rehabilitating animals and releasing them back into the wild whenever possible. 
  • Great place to view wildlife in a natural habitat. It's great as you can walk or drive through the entire place seeing so many cool animals. We really enjoyed this place. Bring waterproof shoes/hiking...  more »
  • The conservation Center is well worth the time. You can either drive or walk the two main loops, but I highly recommend walking. You can get pretty close to the animals (including the Grizzly bears). ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Alaskan injured and orphaned animals like brown bear, black bear, cariboues, bisons, wolves, moose etc are sheltered and very well care is taken. Its worth visting and encouraging the efforts.
  • I have never been to a wildlife center before - but it was great to see the animals well taken care and in their space vs being placed in smaller cages like in zoos. We were also able to see a good variety from grizzly bear to wood bison.