After more than 100 years of extirpation throughout Alaska, wood bison have found their way back to the state! In collaboration with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, AWCC is working to reintroduce the wood bison back into the Alaska wild. In 2003, 13 wood bison were brought to AWCC from a disease-free herd in the Yukon Territory in Canada. The goal is to release the AWCC herd back into the Alaska wild. Currently, AWCC is home to the only wood bison herd in the United States. The first wood bison calves born in the state of Alaska in over 100 years were born at AWCC in 2005. In 2008, AWCC received 53 calves from Canada and placed them with the existing AWCC herd. Since 2006, AWCC has seen the birth of multiple calves every spring. Look for small orange “lumps” in the exhibit near the bushes!
AWCC is teaming up with Bear Trust International and Inspired Classroom to develop science-based education programs rooted in wood bison research and ecology. What better way to celebrate the return of this magnificent species back into the wild? Our conservation education program is designed to engage youth, while simultaneously hone skills in science, math, and technology.
Lessons will meet Alaska and National Science Standards, and will be web-based, project-based and FREE!
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