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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

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Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
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The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research and quality animal care. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides spacious...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Mile 79 Seward Highway, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK 99587
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Upfront encounters with Alaska wildlife animals. Guided tours or drive through and enjoy on your own pace.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JorgePortell
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Jorge, thank you for visiting. We're glad you enjoyed your visit with us and hope you'll tell your friends and family about your positive experience. See you next time! Best, Pete

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We drove from Anchorage to the park. Beautiful journey in the snow. Enjoyed walking around the park in the snow. Shame we didn't see the bears but I guess they were hibernating. Lovely place to spend a couple of hours 😊More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank KazWBerkshire
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello, and thank you for visiting. We're glad you enjoyed the scenery of Portage. Sorry you didn't get to see the bears, but as you mentioned, they are typically sleeping this time of year. Be sure to come back in the summer when they're more...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The bear exhibit was incredible--those animals have a huge, natural area to roam, and humans can get very close with the raised viewing path. The moose also have a very large area, and one or two always seem near the fence. A few enclosures were...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank cougerfan
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello, and thank you for visiting. We're glad you enjoyed seeing our bears and moose. As for the size of the enclosures for our porcupine, we work to ensure our animals have plenty of space, and are also always working to improve upon our current...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

this was a great experience with my kids. we enjoyed being out in nature and close contact with animals

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Yakova B
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Yakova, thank you for visiting. We're glad you and your children enjoyed your visit with us. We hope you'll tell your friends about your positive experience with us. See you next time! Best, Pete

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a several hour drive from Moose Pass to Wasilla and needed a stop partway. We found the Wildlife Conservation Center (although they could use a bit more signage). This was a great place to stretch our legs and see many of the native...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank owassokie
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello, and thank you for visiting. We're glad you enjoyed your visit with us and appreciate the feedback about our signage. We hope you'll tell your friends and family about your positive experience with us. See you next time! Best, Pete

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stumbled accross this place by happenstance and could not be happier about it! It was an awesome visit to see all kinds of animals and we especially love that they also do rehabilitation and release. It's a wonderful way to spend a couple of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank paige1006
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Paige, thank you for visiting. We're very glad to hear that you found us and that you had such a wonderful time seeing our animals. We hope you'll tell your friends and family about your positive experience with us. See you next time! Best,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has a good collection of native animals that you can see up close and personal, for the most part. We don't know why elk were included since they're not native to Alaska, but the park includes black and brown bear, musk ox, caribou,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank grannyzip
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, and thank you for visiting. We're glad you enjoyed your time at the AWCC. You are correct that elk are not native to Alaska, however our elk have a permanent home here at the AWCC. The founder of AWCC initially had elk when he...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation center is so much better than going to a zoo. It is a great place to bring out of state visitors or to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of your state. I suggest walking around the site rather than...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Micaela Jeanne, thank you for visiting the AWCC. We're glad to hear that you enjoy your visits with us. We hope you'll continue to bring your friends and family when they visit you from out of town. See you next time! Best, Pete

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely loved the conservation center. The entire experience was amazing. Had to take a couple minutes here and there to bask in the beauty of the animals & the surrounding views. The staff was so welcoming. Regardless of the cold weather, the experience was so...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank japqs
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, and thank you for visiting. We're glad you enjoyed your time with us, even if it was a bit chilly! We hope you'll tell your friends and family about your positive experience with us. See you next time! Best, Pete

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was one of the most wonderful experiences in Alaska!! I saw a Bear getting its daily bath, very big, very bautiful! a really nice place if you want to see wild animals

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank abaquer0
PeteC1719, Manager at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, and thank you for visiting. We're glad you enjoyed watching our bears eat and play in their pond. We hope you'll tell your friends and family about your positive experience with us. See you next time! Best, Pete

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brashandsassyjt
17 March 2018|
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Response from magokoro51 | Reviewed this property |
I went in the afternoon and I was able to see all the animals except the bear for obvious reasons. I honestly can say that most of the animals are exposed constantly, so I don’t think I will matter at what time of the day... More
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MonteNeece
16 February 2018|
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Response from 899ChrisG | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the situation. If the animals are felt to be able to safely survive on their own, they will get released back into their native habitat. I know they have a bison program where that is their ultimate goal. On... More
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Alexander V
2 January 2018|
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Response from Magnolia13 | Reviewed this property |
In Fairbanks, the two really nice activities are the gold mine dredge tour and the riverboat cruise with lots of activities and sights along the way, ( the boat cruise includes lunch on land, then cruising by a sled dog... More
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