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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

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Address: Mile 79 Seward Highway, Girdwood, AK 99587
Phone Number: 907-783-2025
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The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a nonprofit facility...

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a nonprofit facility situated on 200 acres an hour south of Anchorage. The Center is dedicated to the preservation of Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, and quality animal care. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals from the wild in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. When possible, the Center will release animals back into the wild, and when necessary, works with similar facilities in the United States and abroad to place these animals in lifetime homes. The Center cares for brown and black bears, moose, caribou, elk, musk ox, lynx, and the herd of 135 endangered wood bison. AWCC is the best way for visitors to get an up close view of Alaska’s wildlife in a natural setting.

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We went to Denali and saw wildlife. However, I hadn't had enough and wanted to linger over the animals. I'm so glad we went. We even got to see girzzlies fighting. Don't let bad... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to Denali and saw wildlife. However, I hadn't had enough and wanted to linger over the animals. I'm so glad we went. We even got to see girzzlies fighting. Don't let bad reviews turn you off. I almost did. So glad we went.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Three month old bear cub, 600 pound female black bear, moose doe, a three legged porcupine, bison, lynx, reindeer, caribou, black tail deer. Absolutely worth the trip. You can walk the grounds or drive through. Get out and walk for close up views. Call ahead to ask someone to show you around.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You can see most common Alaska wildlife up close and personal in more natural settings than a zoo. Most of these animals are orphaned, injured, or otherwise unreleasable Into the wild. They also did a wonderful project raising and releasing wood bison Into the wild, which had become extinct in Alaska. These were imported from Canada and are now thriving... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was great seeing a variety of wilderness animals in their habitat. It was amazing to take close up pictures of a moose, caribou... and watch the black bear interact with each other. Would have have appreciated being there longer and perhaps and informational tour.

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Antioch, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is what you come to Alaska to see! Yes would it be nice to see all of these animals out in the open? Of course, but this is all of the animals you want to see in one place. The bear feedings are a cant miss!!! Great place to spend an afternoon taking pics, seeing all of the amazing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a lot of fun hiking around and seeing the animals! Considering that we could have gone to the zoo in Anchorage of only a little more money, I thought it was a little overpriced. On the other hand, it is so much more than a zoo because it is a place that cares for orphaned and injured animals... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I absolutely loved this place! I highly recommend it. Loved, loved seeing all the animals that you're not able to see in Florida. Thanks for an amazing experience!

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was the perfect stop between Anchorage and Seward. The exit is a little hidden, so be on the lookout for it and drive slow once you hit Turnagin and start seeing signs for Whittier. We opted to walk through and it was a lovely stroll to look at all the native Alaskan animals. You can also drive through if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went on a rainy day so did the center rather quickly. We could see the animals well and enjoyed walking from exhibit to exhibit. The price is fair and on a nicer day we could have lingered longer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The conservation centre is in a beautiful spot with lovely views of snow covered mountains. We took a tour there but were left to wander around at our own pace to see the animals. There were moose, caribou, porcupines, bears, bison, wolves and lynxes. They have all been rescued and those that can be are released back to the wild.... More 

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