Photo Credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Anchorage Wildlife Parks

While Alaska is filled with unique creatures, there’s no guarantee that you’ll spot them in the wild. Fortunately, there are ways to ensure you’ll see some of Alaska’s amazing animals. You could visit the Alaska Zoo, for example. Right in Anchorage and open year-round, the zoo offers the opportunity to see 80 different animals, from bears to seals and musk ox. Come in winter and you’ll also find a festive display of twinkling lights. Or visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, about 50 miles from Anchorage, for a chance to get up close to animals in their natural habitat.

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Season: Year Round $20 1.5 - 2 hrs

The Alas­ka Zoo start­ed in 1966 with one baby ele­phant named Annabelle that was won in a con­test. Since then, it has expand­ed to include over 77 ani­mals across 25 acres of the Anchor­age hillside.

Season: Year Round $25

At the 200-acre Alas­ka Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter, see Alaskan wildlife up close. The center’s mis­sion is to pro­vide refuge for orphaned, injured, and ill ani­mals — those that can’t sur­vive in the wild. The cen­ter, which opened to the pub­lic in 1993, edu­cates vis­i­tors about Alaska’s wildlife. Coy­otes peer out from behind the brush while a bald eagle swoops in on the salmon remains left by a griz­zly bear. Wood Bison plod through 65 acres of tidal  ...more


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