From the website, www.alaskawildlife.org, is this description, “The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center 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. Most the animals that arrive the Center become permanent residents and will always have a home here. The Center maintains over 200 acres of large spacious habitats for animals to feel at home and display their natural “wild” behavior. Visitors may see brown bears cooling off in the water, a bull moose strutting, wood bison roaming on pastures and more.”
I don’t know all the stories of all the animals that are located at this facility, but I do know that one of the bears there was abandoned by it’s mama because it couldn’t escape a dumpster. I know that the bald eagle was found with a gunshot wound, and had to have it’s left wing amputated. If I remember correctly, one of the bears was found so full of porcupine quills that it was unable to eat. One of the porcupines has three legs. This place saves these animals, and gives them a place where they are cared for, and never miss a meal.
Here is another little snippet from their website, regarding their Wood Bison Reintroduction Project, “After more than 100 years of extinction in Alaska, wood bison have found their way back to the state of Alaska. The AWCC herd arrived in November 2003 from the Yukon Territory in Canada and is part of a wood bison reintroduction program designed to reintroduce the species to Alaska. AWCC is home to the only wood bison herd in the United States. In spring 2015, the first wood bison were reintroduced back into Alaska for the first time in over 100 years. The first wood bison calves born in the state of Alaska in over 100 years were born at AWCC in 2005, and since then, dozens more calves have been born at the Center.” How amazing, right?
After a morning of fishing, we met some friends (from back home, yay!) here and wandered through the park. It is pretty fantastic to walk through; where else would you get to see bears, moose, musk ox, and reindeer all in the same day? And so close?! If you happen to be near Anchorage, definitely make your way the short distance to Portage; you will not regret it. I didn’t get great photographs of all the animals, but here are some of my favorites! Enjoy!