Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is located at Mile 79 of the Seward Highway. AWCC is a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research, and quality animal care. The sanctuary maintains over 200 acres of spacious habitats for resident animals to feel at home displaying their natural wild behavior. It is common for visitors to see brown bears swimming, moose strutting, wood bison roaming, muskox playing, wolves posing, porcupines climbing, and more! AWCC has been able to provide care for hundreds of displaced animals because visitors to AWCC have made critical contributions in the form of admission fees, tours, donations, memberships, and gift shop purchases. General Admission tickets to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center do not sell out. Tickets can be purchased upon arrival the day of your visit. Or book a tour or Animal Encounter! Book early and enjoy Moose Encounters, Bear Encounters, and Walk on the Wild Side Tours.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Annika D
    Glasgow, United Kingdom6 contributions
    Once in a lifetime experience!
    Absolutely amazing experience, we got to see the brown bears less than 4 feet away, absolutely once in a lifetime! Cannot recommend enough. We spent about 2:30 hours walking around the whole place and it was perfect! The drive from anchorage is also super easy!
    Written March 12, 2023
  • Kleime
    504 contributions
    Loved seeing the Bears and Moose up close
    This was another one of our stops off of the Seward Highway. This center is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife through conservation, education, research and quality animal care. It was cold and rainy the day we visited so we drove the 1.5 mile loop and then got out of the car to view moose, bear, Elk, Wolf, Wood Bisons and Caribou up close. Their brochure stated in the summer you can feed the moose and participate in the training and feeding of the brown bears. You can get fairly close to the bears when they are in a certain area of their enclosure, but we had to view them from a boardwalk since they were in the bush area. This is worth a visit but I think there would be more to experience in the summer.
    Visited September 2022
    Written March 13, 2023
  • ladonnablake
    Smithville, Oklahoma17 contributions
    Wide variety of native animals.
    This place had so many positives. The staff were friendly and informed. The naturalist gave a very interesting and enjoyable talk. The animals were all out except the hibernating bears. They were active and fun to watch and learn about. Amazing story of the aforepresumed extinct wood bison. It was an honor to view them. Definitely recommend!!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 29, 2023
  • Rachel C
    12 contributions
    Bears, wolves, moose, oh my!
    Wow, we didn’t expect this to be as fabulous as it was. We were here first week of April and even with the cold for us southerners, we had an absolute blast! We walked the loop and got closer to brown bears than I ever thought possible. We even have a new favorite animal (musk oxen are AWESOME)! The shy lynx even came out briefly.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 5, 2023
  • TammieTravel
    Tulsa, Oklahoma135 contributions
    View Wildlife and Help Support the Wildlife Conservation Center
    The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center was an excellent stop and a beautiful drive to get there. Not only do you get to view wildlife. The small admission fee goes to support the mission of the center. That is a Win-Win for my book.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 13, 2023
  • Lauren M
    Alberta, Canada1 contribution
    Great staff and gift shop
    Super welcoming and helpful staff, amazing to get so close to such spectacular animals, and a great selection of Alaskan-made items at the gift shop. I picked up a bandana for my dog printed with many of the animals at the centre. Despite going on a super snow day, most animals were active and moving around (except for the bears). It was so cool getting up close with muskox, lynx, moose, wolves, woodland bison, Sitka deer (my favourite), and more.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 13, 2023
  • Barbara F
    South Euclid, Ohio145 contributions
    Can it get any better?
    We love coming here and watching this place get better and better. Amazing place to see the animals that appear to be well cared for. Nice without so many visitors! The one black bear was just waking up. So much to see and a wonderful gift shop. There is a food truck. Want a know where bears go the the bathroom? Look for the bears bathroom! Always muddy, go prepared to walk for the best viewing experience. Or wading, but so worth it. See you there
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written May 7, 2023
  • slvf7
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina39 contributions
    LOVED this experience!
    A must to see! We visited earlier in the morning. The animals had recently been fed and they were fairly frisky. We saw the black bear climb quickly to the top of one of the trees in his very spacious living environment. We saw the wolves come together packlike and start howling. I felt like I was living National Geographic. The moose, reindeer, bears, bison, elk, ....were amazing and the environment for each was spacious. Thrilled to see how AWCC is nurturing a learning and healthy environment for the animals. Definitely recommend AWCC!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 26, 2023
  • PoohRules
    130 contributions
    Excellent Alaska Wildlife Center
    When I saw below someone rated them three stars for taking more care of the animals than the guests, I had to correct that the best way I can. Clearly that visitor is not able to read and understand the purpose of this place. They do amazing work with these animals and obviously take great care of them, and they deserve it! We loved our visit! The paddocks are large and yet getting up close to the animals is so amazing. I was stunned at how close we got to a brown bear. The staff were very attentive to the animals. In a way, I wish we would have gotten to take a tour to learn more about the animals and the organization. We walked through on our own. It was a chilly, misty, windy day, but we still had so much fun. We would both highly recommend this as a visit if in Anchorage, or on your way to/from Seward.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Dickenson Family
    Kemptville, Canada969 contributions
    Muddy Adventure
    We stopped here on a bus tour for about 45 min, which was not enough time to see everything. We were there in May and it was rainy so it was quite muddy. Lots of animals to see, would have loved to spend more time as it is quite large.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 1, 2023
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Katherine Z
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
We decided to go to the conservation center hoping to see different animals and salvage a gloomy day; we unfortunately did not. We felt the conservation center was extremely over priced for the experience ($25/person). We were really hoping to see wolves, some bears, moose, etc. While we technically saw all of these but the bears, it was underwhelming and disappointing. The animals seemed to lack energy and seemed skinny/malnurished. We were told we could drive through the park as many times as we wanted, but that seemed pointless. Honestly, based on price of admission, and the lack of animals, I’d recommend going to the zoo.
Written February 23, 2024
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Hi there! Thank you so much for visiting the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and we are so sorry to hear your visit did not meet your expectations. The AWCC is home to over 15 species, with over 150 residents. We can assure you these creatures receive top notch care from our round the clock staff of highly trained individuals looking after their well being. Our keepers know these animas by name, and pay close attention to their weights and diets. We are glad you were able to see most of the species on your list (aside from the bears who are in torpor at the moment), and we hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Alaska!
Written February 24, 2024
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Darlene K
Clarksville, TN60 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
It was a nice sunny day when we went and the animals seem to be enjoying as much as us humans( it had rained for several days
prior)! We got to enjoy the bears being fed and also saw a bear just chilling in a tree. We also saw musk ox, porcupines and an eagle. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Alaska.
Written October 10, 2023
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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, Darlene!
Written October 22, 2023
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GoVols79
Chattanooga, TN2,894 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
We took a bus from Whittier to Anchorage after our cruise that stopped here. Although it was pouring rain during most of our visit it was great to see the various animals in very large enclosures. Would love to visit again with better weather and more time.
Written October 9, 2023
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Yihan L
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Couples
I thought a sanctuary would be different than a zoo, with more space for animals and actually saving the animals. But no, it’s just another zoo, or not as good as a zoo. The moose is sooo skinny and you can see every rib. The bears are ALL pacing back and forth, turning their heads weirdly, continuously for more than 5mins. Such a typical stereotypical behavior, which will be explained by the business owner as “excitement before feeding” or “self comforting”. Conclusion is that all business making money out of animals are shameless a s hopeless. For the next life, people who put these animals in such jails will be experiencing this “wonderful” sanctuary
Written October 7, 2023
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Hello Yihan. We're sorry you had a bad experience at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Our bull moose, Arnold, is very skinny currently. He just had a checkup with our veterinarian and had some blood tests done so we can figure out what is going on internally. Our other two moose, Pip and Jo, are at a very healthy weight for their size. Additionally, we are aware of the pacing issues from one of our bears, Kobuk. We recently moved him to a new habitat with extra fun enrichment toys and a bear feeding shift. He is taking some time adjusting to the new environment, but hopefully the stress of the move is less apparent soon. We will keep working with him to make sure he is comfortable in his new space. We pride ourselves on providing quality animal care and urge you to visit our sanctuary again.
Written October 8, 2023
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islandlovingtwosome
Lake Forest, CA88 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
This was one of our stops on an all day bus tour from Whittier to Anchorage. It was undoubtedly my favorite stop and many others on the bus agreed with me. We saw wolves, bison, moose, caribou, bears, elk, musk oxen, reindeer and more all in a beautiful setting. Nice to see these animals in a large ranch type more natural setting and not a zoo.
Written September 26, 2023
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Avatar2901
El Segundo, CA137 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Family if 5 with three little ones (ages 9,7,5). We enjoyed knowing we are supporting the efforts to sustain injured or rescued animals. Everything you need to see is here. Staff is friendly and even call attention to feeding time for extra photo-ops. Place and restrooms are squeaky clean. Happy family here and can’t wait to return!
Written September 25, 2023
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Kaz M
Sans Souci, Australia520 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Our group stopped here on our day tour as our guide recommended we find our way through the park. We were able to see many animals and take pictures of the wildlife, as directed by our guide. It was a very cold day with rain in patches. We were able to get amongst the areas without any restrictions or regrets on getting wet and cold. A fabulous place with highly recommendations to visit.
Written September 23, 2023
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Erica
6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
This was such a sad and disappointing place. A lot of the enclosures were flooded and the animals had hardly any place to roam. The flooding is apparently normal and happens often according to staff. It makes you wonder how often the animals are left with very little room.

It's pretty expensive, we paid extra for the moose feeding and it was cancelled right when all the guests lined up with no explanation. We were told our money wouldn't be refunded and they would count it as a donation. They also made us buy masks (for COVID) to do the moose feeding, and wouldn't let us return the masks after it was cancelled (they said they'd count it towards a donation). We bought some small stuffed animals in the gift shop, and were overcharged by almost $30. They acted confused, like they couldn't figure out the register, then finally told us (you guessed it!) the overcharge would just be counted as another donation.

There wasn't a lot to do, so after 30 minutes and almost $200 later we left.
Written September 23, 2023
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Hello, The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience, disappointment and confusion that resulted from the cancellation of your moose encounter due to an extreme weather event. AWCC received a week of heavy rains coupled with a blue moon & strong winds that caused the AWCC to experience extremely high tides and severe flooding on the day of your visit. AWCC has not experienced flooding like this in many years and we did not expect this to happen. Regrettably we had to cancel the moose encounter last minute because we did not expect to show up to work that morning and see the entire center under water. We sincerely apologize for canceling your moose encounter, but we did so with the safety of our guests and the moose in mind. The flooding where the moose encounter was to take place was knee deep, the water temperature is 45 degrees, and our guests are not dressed appropriately to be standing in knee deep freezing cold water for 30 minutes. (The flooding issue has since resolved itself). We did look up your group’s reservation and can confirm that your group of 4 was refunded for the moose encounter. We can also see that 4 facemasks were purchased at the gift shop and this purchase was refunded at 10:32 am on the same day. Without having your credit card number, I understand that this may be a different group. If your group was not refunded for the face masks, please contact us at info@alaskawildlife.org and we will be happy to refund that purchase. Please include your contact information in the email so that we may call you to process the refund. As a nonprofit organization, AWCC does accept donations on a regular basis. That day, our education team simply stated that everyone can get a refund or they can donate the amount they paid for the moose encounter to the AWCC to help us meet our mission. We apologize if this statement offended you as that was not our intention. We did give everyone a refund that wanted one and many of the guests that day did choose to donate to AWCC. Lastly, we discussed the overcharge with Forget Me Not Foods, our food vendor here at AWCC, and they stated they accidentally overcharged you, but this was not intentional, and they refunded this mistake. We are all human and sometimes humans make mistakes. We apologize that this happened to you. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaskan wildlife through conservation, education, research, and quality animal care. We take great pride in our organization and work hard to make AWCC a great place for guests to visit, learn about Alaskan wildlife, and take in the fantastic views of Turnagain Arm. Most of our resident wildlife come to live at the AWCC because they are injured or orphaned. We hope the rest of your trip to Alaska was spectacular and that you will visit again. Respectfully, the team at AWCC
Written September 26, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Andrew M
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
This is a tourist trap for the cruise ships. Do not visit whether you're on a cruise or not. We were on an overland trip to Alaska that was incredible overall - but our experience here was terrible. The entire park was flooded and muddy. It was very expensive and a ripoff.
We paid $15.00 a person ($60.00 total) months in advance to feed the moose. It is why we visited the park. At no point, either before our arrival or when we got to the park, did any of the staff notify us that our moose feeding would be cancelled (they said because of the flooding). They even sold us masks which they insist we had to wear for the moose feedings - at $2.00 a piece - even though they knew good and well the feeding was to be cancelled.
The site appears to get flooded a lot. We showed up right before our moose feeding, after wasting our time at the rest of the park in the mud and high water, and were told it was cancelled. They then had the gall to tell us we could either get a refund or donate our $60.00 to the park. What a joke.
We never did get a refund for the $72.00 we spent for general entry - money down the drain. Also we got coffee outside at the food cart and they tried to overcharge us $32.00 on a $14.00 bill. Super sketchy outfit through and through.
I hope this review saves some people from having a terrible experience like we did. It really was awful. The Reindeer Farm up in Palmer was about a billion times better - go there instead.
Written September 22, 2023
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Hello, The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience, disappointment and confusion that resulted from the cancellation of your moose encounter due to an extreme weather event. AWCC received a week of heavy rains coupled with a blue moon & strong winds that caused the AWCC to experience extremely high tides and severe flooding on the day of your visit. AWCC has not experienced flooding like this in many years and we did not expect this to happen. Regrettably we had to cancel the moose encounter last minute because we did not expect to show up to work that morning and see the entire center under water. We sincerely apologize for canceling your moose encounter, but we did so with the safety of our guests and the moose in mind. The flooding where the moose encounter was to take place was knee deep, the water temperature is 45 degrees, and our guests are not dressed appropriately to be standing in knee deep freezing cold water for 30 minutes. (The flooding issue has since resolved itself). We did look up your group’s reservation and can confirm that your group of 4 was refunded for the moose encounter. We can also see that 4 facemasks were purchased at the gift shop and this purchase was refunded at 10:32 am on the same day. Without having your credit card number, I understand that this may be a different group. If your group was not refunded for the face masks, please contact us at info@alaskawildlife.org and we will be happy to refund that purchase. Please include your contact information in the email so that we may call you to process the refund. As a nonprofit organization, AWCC does accept donations on a regular basis. That day, our education team simply stated that everyone can get a refund or they can donate the amount they paid for the moose encounter to the AWCC to help us meet our mission. We apologize if this statement offended you as that was not our intention. We did give everyone a refund that wanted one and many of the guests that day did choose to donate to AWCC. Lastly, we discussed the overcharge with Forget Me Not Foods, our food vendor here at AWCC, and they stated they accidentally overcharged you, but this was not intentional, and they refunded this mistake. We are all human and sometimes humans make mistakes. We apologize that this happened to you. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaskan wildlife through conservation, education, research, and quality animal care. We take great pride in our organization and work hard to make AWCC a great place for guests to visit, learn about Alaskan wildlife, and take in the fantastic views of Turnagain Arm. Most of our resident wildlife come to live at the AWCC because they are injured or orphaned. We hope the rest of your trip to Alaska was spectacular and that you will visit again. Respectfully, the team at AWCC
Written September 26, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

J M
2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
This place is worth a trip. The animals are very well cared for and the staff is great. The staff is very knowledgeable about the animals. We watched the brown bears get fed which was amazing. JB is the big bear and likes the attention. I really appreciate this place saving these orphaned animals.
Written September 12, 2023
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We're glad you enjoyed your time! JB is a hoot.
Written September 15, 2023
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