I could not believe that my husband and I spent almost 3 hours in the rain having a very good conversation with one of the folks that worked here in the Conservation! The staff are very competent and are very dedicated. They are friendly and they share a lot of their knowledge if you're willing to ask questions. We were here in August of 2010.
My only disappointment was that I was unable to see the Sitka deer, but, such is the nature of wildlife. They don't have a "show" schedule. I truly enjoyed watching a few Grizzlies. I got so close to a Musk Ox during feeding, Caribou, Moose, Wood Bison, as well as huge bull elk.
If you come here on a tour bus, you might not have a good visit as my husband and I did. A lot of tourist buses came here at that time, but I noticed that none of the tourists got off the buses and actually get close to the fences. For those tourists, it must be like experiencing Jurassic Park inside a plexiglass bubble. But, I don't know if it was because of the rain that the tourists did not experience the Conservation like my husband and I did. Who knows?
Everybody came to stop at the little shop where you can buy trinkets and souvenirs. But if you want the real deal, I suggest you walk, breath some fresh air, and view the animals just behind the fences. Some of these creatures are unique to Alaska only therefore it's a must-see.
The time of the year that we visited this place was rainy. Make sure to bring your parka and waterproof gear (Gore-Tex is excellent). Wear good footwear for rain and it may get muddy. My husband and I did not allow rain to dampen our visit here though. Like I said, we visited with a staff for about 3 hours in the rain!!! Overall, we were here for half a day.
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