The Alaska Zoo started in 1969 with one baby elephant named Annabelle that was won in a contest. Since then, it has expanded to include 100 animals across 25 acres of the Anchorage hillside. The zoo has the widest variety of animals native to the state of Alaska as well as a handful of exotics that are part of a great center for education and research that focuses on wildlife conservation and animal rehabilitation.
For 50 years, the zoo has been a nonprofit organization serving the wildlife and people of Alaska, as well as visitors to our state. We rely on admissions, donations, gift shop sales, coffee shop purchases and memberships to operate and care for the animals as we receive no city or state funding.
The wooded hillside setting allows visitors to get close-up views of the many animals of the north along the naturally wooded boreal forest with gravel pathways. The staff takes pride in maintaining a natural setting for both zoo animals and visitors.
- March & April: 10am - 5pm
- May: 9am-6pm
- June, July & August: 9am-9pm
- September: 9am-6pm
- October: 10am-5pm
- November - February: 10am-4pm
- Closed: Thanksgiving & Christmas
1.5 - 2 hrs
Admissions tickets available online and offer a pre-paid mobility cart service for those who have mobility needs.
Photos by John Gomes.