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“Watch them feed the bears”

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, research, education and quality animal care. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Animals that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center. We have been able to provide care for hundreds of displaced animals because visitors like you have made critical contributions in the form of admission fees, donations, memberships, and gift shop. Please visit our website for more information on how you can help us make a difference.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We arrived just before 6 o'clock, which is when they feed the brown bears. There were quite a few people watching, but we found a place by the fence to take photos. They tossed over hunks of salmon, beef steaks, and ribs. We got great photos of the bears eating, and an eagle even swooped down to try and grab some fish. (No luck, the bear was too close.) The moose were right against the fence so we got some great photos. It seemed like half the place was full of bison, but we enjoyed seeing the moose and caribou. Not sure we'd go again from Anchorage, as it was quite a ways away, but if you are headed down the Seward Highway, it is worth a stop.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We made a stop here as part of our transfer to our cruise ship in Whittier with Anchorage Tours and Transfers. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed walking around and getting to see the animals. Even my two teens enjoyed the stop. The moose and bears were a particular highlight. That was the only moose I saw during my week in Alaska. The surrounding landscape was beautiful and we took some nice pictures. We spent about an hour, although we skipped the bison area as we see plenty of those in our state. There is a small snack shop, bathrooms and a gift shop. The walking loop to see the animals is dirt and gravel, so I imagine it would be muddy if it had been raining that day, but lucky for us it was sunny and warm.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a wonderful family friendly place to stop and view wild Alaskan animals that in many cases have been rescued and rehabilitated right there at the center. And their gift shop is really very nice too with all the proceeds going to help the animals at the center. Totally worth a stop on your way to the Kenai Peninsula or Whittier!

1  Thank DCV77
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Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

This is a sad place. While its interesting for us humans to see animals up close, this center misses out on the opportunity to teach us how to be cautious and respectful around wildlife. At the bear enclosure, one of the center's employees threw a big rock over the fence and into the water to try and get a bear to move and then shouted the name of another bear to get her attention for the tourists. I told the manager about this and she said that they sometimes throw treats to get the bears to do tricks. They miss an awesome opportunity to help visitors to respect these animals and to learn about ways to protect them and their habitat. If you walk through, you'll have to manage around the line of cars driving through and kicking up dust. Don't bother with this place until they decide to be a wildlife conservation center.

2  Thank BeckyAZ
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

A visit guarantees that you will see moose and bears in Alaska! The wild eagles visiting with the injured captives ones were a plus.

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