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“Wonderful tour, up close and personal with the animals.”

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
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Guided Winter Wildlife and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Tour
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Girdwood
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Owner description: 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.
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful tour, up close and personal with the animals.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

Absolutely incredible. We had so much fun looking at the animals and learning about them from the qualified staff. Snickers, the porcupine, was in his element. He was trying so hard to get a nose rub from us, but we couldn't comply. He settled for a lot of pictures and OOOhing and AWWWWing from our group. We got lucky that the bears woke up temporarily from hibernation to say hello and the Moose babies were SO cute. Really worth the time to head out there.

Visited November 2012
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“Worth the visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

During a recent visit to Anchorage, I had failed to see many animals "in the wild", so my friend took me here the last morning. It was a beautiful crisp, sunny, cold (for this California girl - 9 F!!!) day, and as we crunched through the snow on the ground I couldn't help but feel gratitude for the Center for providing shelter for these animals that probably would have perished had they not been rescued. Everything looks well-maintained, the animals were active and healthy-looking - from the pre-historic looking Musk Ox, to the stately Elk, to the busy Lynx pair. The entry fee is minimal, even so, many discounts are offered. Also, the Gift Shop prices are very reasonable, and the proceeds go back into the Center. You can easily fit this stop in while visiting Girdwood, or even if you are heading to Seward, Hope or Homer.

Visited October 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Neat place to guarantee you'll see wildlife”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

For us, Alaska is likely a once in a lifetime trip and we're glad the conservation center was on the intinerary. The animals here are beautiful and it's a great opportunity to get relatively close pictures that's unlikely anywhere else in Alaska. The brown bears were gorgeous and when they finish the bear walk, I think it'll be a nice way to get a closer view. Seeing how they've brought back the once thought extinct Wood Bison with so many new calves is wonderful. This place should be a must-stop for those looking for a day tour out of Anchorage.

Visited July 2012
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“Put this place on your list of places to see in Alaska”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

I've been living in Anchorage for 4 1/2 years now, and this was my first trip here. I saw some reviews which stated it was sad and probably better to go to a zoo, but I can't imagine how anyone could say that. First of all, this is a sanctuary, a place for orphaned and injured animals who otherwise would die or be euthanized. This is what your entrance fee pays for. Thank God for this good folks. I hate seeing wild animals caged, but they are well cared for and have lots of room to roam. I saw animals so up close. It was a gorgeous day, I got great pictures and it was a great time. Well worth the small entry fee. Better believe I'll be going back!

Visited October 2012
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Zebulon, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“See animals not seen while traveling”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

Can't find animals on your trip in Alaska. Then you need to stop and visit the Center. They have almost every animal you can find in Alaska in a very natural setting. We only saw a few moose during our two week trip; but they had several moose and other animals we did not see at all.

Visited August 2012
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