Destination Discovery: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

by Janis on September 2, 2010

Portage Glacier, Alaska,  Home to Rescued Wildlife

View rescued bears at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage Glacier, Alaska

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.

Bear-watching an hour south of Anchorage, Alaska

“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.

Watching the bears enchanted us.  As they floated in their pond and engaged in a little roughhousing, the adorable bears with their long noses and little ears looked like giant teddy bears.

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

Located an hour drive south of Anchorage, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is an ideal stop on the drive between Anchorage and Seward, Whittier or Homer.

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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