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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

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Address: Mile 79 Seward Highway, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK 99587
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+1 907-783-2025
11:00 - 17:00
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The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a nonprofit facility...

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a nonprofit facility situated on 200 acres an hour south of Anchorage. The Center is dedicated to the preservation of Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, and quality animal care. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals from the wild in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. When possible, the Center will release animals back into the wild, and when necessary, works with similar facilities in the United States and abroad to place these animals in lifetime homes. The Center cares for brown and black bears, moose, caribou, elk, musk ox, lynx, and the herd of 135 endangered wood bison. AWCC is the best way for visitors to get an up close view of Alaska’s wildlife in a natural setting.

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Great place to photograph bear, moose, elk and other wild animals. All the animals are rescued and live a refuge.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to photograph bear, moose, elk and other wild animals. All the animals are rescued and live a refuge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

While a number of people mentioned that visiting the Conservation Center may be a let down during the tail end of the winter season; as the animals are less active, the scenery makes the trip more than worth it. Just a short drive south of Anchorage, the Center has a number of animals that you won't be able to see... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

magnificent beasts in poor environment. 3 moose were sat together in a wooden shelter with little outside space to roam. bears had bigger enclosures . elk had no shelter from sun. and one poor porcupine had been there on its own for about 12 years as a sign proudly boasts!!! It must be so lonely. I think more could and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Being interested in wolves, I was thrilled to be able to see them up so closely at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. There were 4 wolves interacting during our visit. It was great! We also saw bison, fox, musk ox, and reindeer. I enjoyed the stop and would return again. I am grateful that a place like this exists.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have lived in Anchorage Alaska since 1981. I have watched the Alaska Wildlife Conservation center grow up. It is a beautiful place with hundreds of native Alaskan animals in their natural habitat. about an hours drive south of Anchorage this is a great stop for the whole family. Bring a coat and a lunch and spend several hours perusing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 90 minutes on a chilly marveling at 15 (or so) species of animals that are native to Alaska. We were surprised to see the brown bears up and two came to the fence to sniff my daughter and myself. My daughter really loved seeing the eagles (Adonis is in a cage, but a few were flying around the... More 

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Grapevine, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

but we saw two brown bears frolicking in a field, a black bear cub climb a tree, lynx, porcupine and so much more. Cute (reasonable) gift shop. Workers were super helpful and friendly. We drove the loop, but it was walkable.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If perhaps you are lucky enough to take one of the worlds most spectacular scenic drive along the Turnagain Arm ,stop & have a look at the Akaska Wildlife Conservation Centre.The day we visited was bitterly cold with with a wind chill factor of -32 c ,but that did not stop us from have an exciting interlude with a brown... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun little tour to see some of the native species of Alaska. Black bear cub put on s nice show climbing a tree.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Rented an SUV from Enterprise and they picked us up at our hotel. The drive along Turnagain Arm was amazing with several turn outs for photos. It was below zero so we didn't get out much at the AWCC but the scenic drive made the trip worth it. There were expensive tours that would take you there but I liked... More 

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