My dad and I had planned to visit the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) after we hiked to Portage Glacier because it was only a few miles from the turn off to Portage. When Kyle planned on coming to Alaska he was all about the fishing. Fishing here, fishing there, fishing all day everyday! Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to fly fish and potentially catch some salmon. You don’t get many chances to go salmon fishing in Alaska. But I was also excited about the wildlife opportunities in Alaska and when my dad found the AWCC, I was sold. I may have also been sold on going to this place because this center has been features a handful of times on the TV show Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet. So of course I had to go! Unfortunately, I didn’t see Dr. Oakley there but this place was pretty neat.
The AWCC is one of the only conservation centers in the area that takes in sick, injured, and abandoned animals. For only a $15 per person admission fee, it was a cheap and fun way to see Alaskan wildlife. Not to mention, all of the admission fee dollars go back into the park to support the animals so it is for a good cause. This center has moose, musk ox, wolves, black bear, grizzly bear, eagles, buffalo, elk, caribou, buffalo, wolverine, and porcupine.
A lot of the animals were up and active when we went which is cool because the day prior, Kyle’s family had gone and I guess some of the animals were sleeping. The center had a pack of wolves there and they were up and at it. Off in the distance you could hear some sirens going down the road and this got the wolves all rowdy and howling. The bears were up and very active also. To me, their behaviors made it seem they were agitated by all the people but it was neat to see them up close. They had 3 very large moose and one was up walking around and within close distance. They also had the very cutest baby moose!
If you are ever in or around Anchorage you should definitely go check out the AWCC! You can find more information at their website: