AWCC maintains a herd of elk for watchable wildlife. Elk in Alaska are found on Afognak and Raspberry Islands off of Kodiak Island. Similar to plains bison, many of the elk at AWCC were once ranch animals. One of our females, who was orphaned in 1994, has become habituated to people.
Some of the elk at AWCC originate from the Yukon Territory and were shipped here for care. A female elk will abandon her calf if it is born too late in the season because it will not survive a cold northern winter. Our large bull has helped produce a healthy herd of strong, stable animals.