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Alaska Zoo

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Address: 4731 O'Malley Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507
Phone Number: 907 346 2133
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Antiquing
Description: If you've missed seeing Arctic wildlife on your Alaskan adventure, you'll...
If you've missed seeing Arctic wildlife on your Alaskan adventure, you'll find it at this small zoo, where all the animals have names. You'll see moose, caribou, sheep, wolves, musk oxen, mountain goats and several different types of bears, including polar, grizzly and black bears.
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We have a membership here. We like the zoo. They try to offer fun activities like storytime and special events, like a birthday party for their polar bear. Lots of animals. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Sarah L
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We have a membership here. We like the zoo. They try to offer fun activities like storytime and special events, like a birthday party for their polar bear. Lots of animals. The wolves, foxes, polar bear, and sea otters are pretty neat.

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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We took our two children (7 & 9) in March 2015. I haven't been to many zoos, but I was impressed with the signage and the variety of animals. Not all animals were active or visible because it was cold or they were hibernating, but these are wild animals, after all, not a circus act. The zoo looked well-maintained to... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We visited in March 2015 and felt a little disappointed. Only the seal and otter were active. Some animals were hibernating and some animals were not active in the winter. But there were quite a lot of birds and ducks. The zoo in general is small, old-fashioned and not carefully maintained. I would not suggest to pay $15 to visit... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Although very cold as it is March the animals seemed very depressed looking. We was all surprised at how run down some parts looked of the zoo looked. Some of the enclosures were way too small. At 15 dollars to get in it was an okay price. Perhaps in the summer it looks a lot better.

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J M, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are very sorry you were disappointed by your visit. The grounds can get a little dingy between the time the snow melts and spring begins. It is the time of year we in Alaska call "break-up" as the ice breaks up and melts away the mud and dirt left behind take over. Additionally, please... More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The Alaska Zoo is more of a conservation center than a zoo, so to speak. It houses mostly local wildlife (many who cannot be returned to the wild, for different reasons). We enjoyed meandering along the trails to view the different animals along the way. It was a treat to see wolves and fox, as well as polar bears and... More 

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J M, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and that you will be back for our educational programs. Our education staff work very hard to create fun, informative, and engaging content. Thanks again for visiting the Zoo and your review. More 

Centennial, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We visited in January for the Christmas Zoo Lights. I think they are trying to do the best they can with what they have. He enjoyed seeing what animals still wandered about in the evening. I thought some of the security/locks enclosing some of the animals could be beefed up. All in all it was a very nice zoo and... More 

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J M, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Zoo we are so glad you enjoyed your visit and the Zoo lights. Thank you for your review and we hope the rest of your trip was as memorable. More 

Yonkers, New York, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There is a free shuttle bus that will take you here and bring you back to the visitor's center in downtown Anchorage. The zoo itself is small, great for people like me who can't walk that much any more. There is a nice variety of animals there: bears, seals, rhinos, eagles, etc. There is a cafe to have a bite... More 

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J M, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Zoo and for taking the time to post a review. We are glad that you enjoyed your time here visiting the animals. One quick note - we do NOT have a rhinoceros, we do have a few Musk Ox and some Yaks all of which have beautiful horns that would make any Rhino jealous! Thanks... More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I personally do not approve of zoos in general, but they do provide people with a chance to see animals that are sometimes very hard to see in the wild. I have been to our little zoo several times over the decades, and it still holds the same rustic charm. Most of the pens are nice and large for the... More 

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J M, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for visiting the Zoo. The animals and their care and comfort are our primary concern. All of the animals receive enrichment each day, and every dollar donated to the Alaska Zoo is put towards making the Zoo a better place for them. Thank you again for taking the time to post a review. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Small zoo with a range of climate appropriate animals that are hard to see in the wild. Fortunate to receive a howling show from the wolves. Enjoyable couple of hours.

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J M, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our Zoo and for taking the time to leave a review. We are so glad you braved the winter temperatures to visit the Zoo in January. As you mentioned the animals here are arctic animals and prefer to cooler temperatures. They tend to be quite active this time of year. Thanks again! More 

Mommabell
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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

we so enjoyed the zoo, especially the wolf pups who were shipping to MN in August 2014. They were adorable and so interactive.

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J M, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and for supporting the Alaska Zoo! You can still keep up with the pups at the Minnesota Zoo! They have a Facebook page that the pups make regular appearances on! Thanks again for your review! More 

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