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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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Winter is not a good time to visit

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
Wanli M
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
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
5 helpful votes 5 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
14 helpful votes 14 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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65 reviews 65 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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 

Anchorage, Alaska
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I love this little zoo. It has such humble beginnings that you can read about at the zoo. It all started with the elephant. In 1966, a local grocer won a contest in which the prize was either $3000 or a baby elephant. He chose the baby elephant. So a baby Asian elephant was found and flown up to Anchorage.... More 

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

Thank you for your review of the Alaska Zoo! You will be delighted to know that Maggie is doing wonderful at PAWS in CA. She has lots of friends, and space to roam. She trumpeted loudly in greeting and remembrance when our Executive Director went to visit her last summer. More 

Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I don't think the zoo was anything spectacular... probably not the best way to spend my time in Anchorage. It was your standard zoo set up, nothing out of the ordinary. Came here with my younger cousins, so they seemed to enjoy this.

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

Thank you for your review and for vising the Alaska Zoo. We are sorry you did not find the Alaska Zoo all that exciting, but are glad your cousins did. Safe travels and thanks for visiting. More 

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