Portage Glacier, Alaska, Home to Rescued Wildlife
Seeing bears and other wildlife is a top draw for visitors to Alaska. Watching bears in their natural habitat captivates both local Alaskans and visitors. Of course, everyone wants a close up view of bears, but doesn’t want to become a bear’s “snack”.
Located an hour south of Anchorage, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center offers close-up view of bears and other wild animals in a natural setting.
The not-for-profit Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center educates visitors about Alaska’s wildlife and provides refuge for injured, orphaned and sick animals that cannot survive on their own in the wild.
More than 3 million people have visited the wildlife center since its inception.
Five Bears: Brown, Black & Grizzly
Five bears live at The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, including two brown bears, a grizzly bear and two black bears. The bears roam in spacious outdoor enclosure.
“Hugo” is a female grizzly bear rescued from Hugo Mountain near Kotzebue, Alaska. “Joe Boxer” and “Patron” are male and female brown bears that were rescued as cubs when their mother was killed
Cute, not cuddly.
Cute, yes. But the bears are not cuddly if you are between then and a leg of moose meat. At feeding time, we got a glimpse of their true ferociousness.
Getting to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
From Anchorage, follow the Seward Highway (#1 of Alaska’s 9 highways) south for 47 miles, past Girdwood. The center is just before the turnoff road to Portage Glacier.
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