2020 Edit: Scott Michaelis is no longer with the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. But if you visit, you’ll no doubt meet other friendly staff!

Welcome to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. My name is Scott Michaelis, originally starting in 2011 as an animal trainer at the Wildlife Conservation Center, and now Director of Marketing and Sales for the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

AWCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, public education, and quality animal care.

AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year round and provides spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Animals that cannot be released into the wild will be given a permanent home at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Big Game Alaska opened to the public in 1993. In the year 2000, Big Game Alaska formally switched over receiving it’s 501 C3 non-profit status, to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to better resemble the mission statement in quality animal care of Alaska’s wildlife.

Some of our resident wildlife here in Portage have reached celebrity status, working with Hollywood icons such as Sean Penn, Vanessa Hudgens, the Irwin family, Jungle Jack Hanna, Jeff Corwin, and Jim Fowler. We’ve also worked on television shows ranging from Top Gear, Volvo, and also shooting a range of major motion pictures and independent films.

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center currently boasts over 200 animals in over 320-acres of spacious habitat for our wildlife.

Step down to Portage, Alaska and come meet the locals!

Getting There

Latitude: 60.821903
Longitude: -148.977726