Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Anchorage

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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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  • Super cool animals! The bears, obviously, are a highlight, but don't downplay the Oxen. Oxen are awesome and we should all be more into Oxen. Just one lady's opinion. Not to mention the moose... 
    Super cool animals! The bears, obviously, are a highlight, but don't downplay the Oxen. Oxen are awesome and we should all be more into Oxen. Just one lady's opinion. Not to mention the moose...  more »
  • This was part of a tour (and the reason we took it). It did not disappoint. Some animals we were not able to see as they were hiding/sleeping, but the brown bears were out. Loved seeing the... 
    This was part of a tour (and the reason we took it). It did not disappoint. Some animals we were not able to see as they were hiding/sleeping, but the brown bears were out. Loved seeing the...  more »
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  • This was such an interesting place and so beautiful! I am glad we were able to come see and support their work with these animals. It makes me sad that these animals are enclosed but I understand the purpose and I'm glad they are doing what they can to help them. Not only are the enclosures high quality so you feel safe to view the wildlife, but the facilities were nicer than I expected including bathrooms that were better than a port-a-potty, plus a snack bar. There are several well maintained board walks and shaded seating areas as well. It's a short walk along the mile or so gravel road which is a much better way to see everything but you can also drive and park at each animal habitat if you choose. Our favorite was the bears! Take your time and enjoy the scenery! Allow a few hours. It's well worth the visit!
  • Wasn’t in the plan but stopped in anyway. Was very cool experience. Unlike zoos, you can tell the animals are happy. Very active. You can drive or walk the property. We walked and enjoyed it. Be sure to stop to see the brown bears a few times, they were playful and very active, doing something different each time we went.

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