Snickers the porcupine is a favorite at AWCC! He is a gregarious little fellow, having been raised in a home, and relocated to the AWCC. Snickers is excellent for school presentations, where he will come out of his cage for the afternoon to entertain and teach the kids personally. Snickers became a star, when a Youtube video of him went worldwide and received almost 3,00,000 views! See that video here, and another of our favorites here. Click here to adopt Snickers!
The caribou at AWCC were rescued from Alaskan islands, which were becoming overpopulated and could not sustain healthy animals. To prevent starvation, some caribou were removed and brought to AWCC.
Sitka Black-tailed Deer
The deer are the friendliest animals at AWCC and were all orphaned as young fawns. Solo and Leia are two of the youngest additions to AWCC. Both orphaned in the Summer of 2012, these curious yearlings became a favorite of the Wildlife Centers many visitors with their playful, albeit cute nature. Click here to adopt our Sitka Deer!
During the summer of 2004, a working firefighter spotted month-old kittens in a recently burned area in Interior Alaska. Three kittens were found alone and suffered from burns on their paws, legs, faces and ears. The whereabouts of the mother was unknown. Had she died in the fire? Had she left some kittens behind, but carried as many as she could as she fled to safety? In need of treatment and knowing the kittens could not survive on their own, the firefighter put them into his backpack and carried them back to camp where he could make arrangements for their transport. Unfortunately, one male kitten died soon after the rescue, but the two females were flown to the Anchorage airport and transported to AWCC for treatment and care on July 20th. In the wild, lynx stay with their mothers for almost a year in order to learn hunting and survival skills. Since these lynx were orphaned at such a young age, a permanent home has been provided for them at AWCC. Photo courtesy of Gary Lackie.