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. 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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  • Always love coming her with out of town people. Always a ***** experience. The Bears and the wild life to seem like they are always out and they seems to like to entertain the groups of people.  more »
  • Love taking our kids once a year here. Even as locals it is great to get up close to the animals in a more natural setting.  more »
  • This place is an absolute must visit for anyone visiting South Central Alaska. Especially for those visiting Anchorage, the drive down is worth the trip all by itself. This is the best way to see all ...  more »
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  • Awesome wildlife center!!! I'm not a fan of zoo's as most of them the animals seem sad; this is not a zoo. This is a wildlife conservation and rescue facility. Their work with wood bison has been groundbreaking. The price is affordable, it's a small yet large facility. You can zip through in an hour or spend all day, it's entirely up to you. The interactions with the animals can be quite intimate as many times they are right up next to the fence. If you're heading down the turn again arm this is a must stop! Whether you're a local or tourist this place delivers an excellent experience for the whole family.
  • Amazing place to see local wildlife. This is not a zoo but a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned animals, happy to support them with a $15 ticket. We had a great time and the staff was extremely nice, highly recommended
  • The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is the place to go to see wildlife in a controlled and safe setting. You will marvel at the sizes of these amazing animals. The day we were here the grizzly bear was eating a moose ankle and just to hear the power as he chewed down on that bone was chilling. MUST DO IN ALASKA!
  • We hesitated to go as I usually don't like zoos but we're also interested in seeing local animals and had the afternoon , so we paid and drove in and SO glad we did. It is a nice place and the animals seem to be well taken care of. Fascinating to see them so close up. Only needed an hour or more but fun to watch the bears and moose up close!
  • This is a great place to visit in the summer or winter. When ever I have family come to visit, the Conservation Center is a must do while they are here. The Wildlife Conservation Center isn't a Zoo but instead a sanitary for orphaned or injured animals. The goal for most of these animals is re-introduction if possible. Viewing the animals you can either drive from exhibit to exhibit or park your car and walk. Having both these options makes this a great day trip year round in any weather condition or all ages young to old. I'm don't hesitate to visit the Conservation Center in the rain! The Conservation Center also has some of the best views of the Turnagain Arm! These are especially amazing when the lupin are in full bloom (summer). If you're hungry don't worry either because they have great snacks in the gift shop. I personally enjoy grabbing an icecream! This is also a great spot to pick up souvenirs (they have a bunch of Alaska Made items too)!

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