Wood Bison Reintroduction
In the spring of 2015, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center will be reintroducing, once thought to be extinct, wood bison back into Alaska! This fall, males were selected at random to ensure genetic diversity for the breeding season, or the “rut.” For more information on the project, the Wood Bison Reintroduction video can be seen here!
In early May, The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service published a special rule that will help clear the way to reintroduce the, once extinct, wood bison into their historic range in Alaska. One project biologist described the wood bison restoration project as the most significant conservation initiative of this century. For more information on the wood bison restoration project, click here! To read Governor Parnell’s press release, click here!
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center welcomes visitors from around the world, year-round. And there is never a bad time to visit your favorite Alaskan critters! For daily programs and tour information click here!
It takes a herd to make the Wildlife Center work, and when outside assistance is provided it can help make all the difference! Craig Taylor and John Deere have agreed to generously discount the sale of equipment, enabling the Wildlife Center to purchase new Gators and machinery this summer! When working on a campus over 200 acres, and caring for some of America’s largest animals, it is essential to have reliable equipment that you can count on. Pictured are two new 6 X 4 Gator’s delivering lunch to Teddy and Nelson!
Ever curious to hear more about the day to day life at the Wildlife Center, or life in Alaska? Check out the blog of our Naturalist Program Coordinator, Erin Leighton, here!
Can’t make it to AWCC? Have you visited our redesigned online gift store yet? Animal adoptions and memberships make for great gift ideas all year. Visit the online gift store by clicking here. Check back periodically, as our seasonal inventory continues to come in!
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation, education, and quality animal care of Alaska’s wildlife. 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. Come be a part of these exciting programs and watch these animals display their natural, “wild”, behavior. Coyotes peer out from behind the brush while a bald eagle swoops in on the salmon remains left by a grizzly bear. Wood Bison plod through 65 acres of tidal flat terrain, as part of a program that will one day restore the species to the Alaskan wilderness.
AWCC has provided 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 purchases. AWCC encourages you to visit the center with your walking shoes and camera in hand for an educational Alaskan experience to remember. We thank you in advance for your support and assistance in preserving Alaskan wildlife.
Great Video of the Center Here!