Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Guide

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center provides refuge for animals in need. This audio tour will guide you through your visit.

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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Guide

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

Cari­bou and rein­deer are in essence the exact same ani­mal. Rein­deer are sim­ply giv­en the term rein­deer” because of domes­ti­ca­tion, where­as cari­bou are their wild counterparts. 

Por­cu­pines are strict veg­e­tar­i­ans, some­times liv­ing off just a sin­gle tree for a win­ter. Giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty, they will like a vari­ety of fruits and vegetables. 

In recent years we have been able to dis­cov­er a tremen­dous amount about moose with the help of teleme­try”, the process of radio track­ing ani­mals once they’ve been re-intro­duced to the wild.

A very pre­his­toric look­ing ani­mal, and to their cred­it, large­ly unevolved in the last 20,000 years.

Black Bears are one of the more adapt­able ani­mals in the entire ani­mal king­dom, as they are cur­rent­ly found in every sin­gle Unit­ed States’ state, with the excep­tion of Hawaii.

Despite hav­ing a brown bear in the state of Alas­ka, we actu­al­ly have three sub-species; Griz­zly Brown Bears, Coastal Brown Bears, and the Kodi­ak Brown Bear.

The Wood Bison at the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter are cur­rent­ly the only herd in the Unit­ed States 

Elk were orig­i­nal­ly brought up in the 1920’s as a herd­able & ranch­able ani­mal. Our re-intro­duc­to­ry efforts took place in the 1950’s, and were large­ly unsuc­cess­ful on the main land of Alaska. 

The Alas­ka Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter is also home to a vari­ety of birds. 

Both lynx spent a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of time at the Anchor­age Zoo for extend­ed reha­bil­i­ta­tion, and they have been at the Alas­ka Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter since 2011.

The Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter is also home to a vari­ety of coy­otes and fox­es, how­ev­er these two species specif­i­cal­ly are can­di­dates for re-introduction.