Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Observe the natural behavior of brown bears, black bears, musk ox, wolves, reindeer, bison, porcupine, owls, and many more of our wild Alaskan residents. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center provides 200 acres of beautiful, spacious habitat for the incredible wildlife they care for; this unique wildlife sanctuary provides quality care to injured and orphaned Alaskan animals. The center has been featured on many well-known TV shows including National Geographic Wild.
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research, and quality animal care. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides them with spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Most of the animals that arrive at the AWCC become permanent residents and will always have a home here. The Center maintains over 200 acres of spacious habitats for animals to feel at home and display their natural “wild” behavior. Visitors may see brown bears cooling off in the water, a bull moose strutting, wood bison roaming on pastures, and more.
Bear sightings are likely, but not guaranteed, your guide will do their best to find them for you in their large enclosure.
Consider upgrading your experience to include a Walk On The Wild Side. Enjoy a tour where your personal guide walks you through the Center, offering history and stories of resident wildlife – and you’ll get to feed an animal! Advance reservations are required for this upgrade. Walk on the Wild Side has varying days of operation depending on the time of the year. Please call us for details.
Fun Fact About the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
For the last 10,000 years, the Athabascan people of Alaska relied on the wood bison for food, clothing, and shelter. Then the wood bison disappeared. North America’s largest land mammal, a victim of ecological change and overhunting, was thought to be extinct. But thanks to one of the world’s greatest conservation projects, wood bison have returned to Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game made the commitment over 20 years ago to return wood bison to their native range in Central-Alaska in partnership with the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, who currently cares for the only captive herd in the United States. Following the state’s acquisition of wood bison and years of careful management by AWCC, 130 wood bison were successfully released into the wild in spring of 2015.