Happy All Bears’ Birthday!

Happy birthday to our black bears Kuma, Uli, and Kobuk, as well as our brown/grizzly bears JB, Patron, and Hugo! Brown and black bears give birth in their dens as early as December, and as late as February or March. January 20th marks the the average date that mother bears give birth to their cubs…

Donate your Christmas Tree to AWCC

Wondering what to do with your Christmas tree now that the holidays are over? Why not donate your Christmas tree to AWCC! Animals like Artemis the rescued muskox love to kick, head-butt, and nibble on Christmas trees that supporters donate to the center. Trees provide a great source of enrichment for a wide variety of…

Winter at the AWCC

We’ve had folks ask us some great questions recently about what our animals do during winter at the AWCC. Are they active? Can you still see them? And what certain things does our Animal Care staff do to make sure they’re comfortable when it gets cold out?  To name a few things our staff does,…

Kick Sledding Adventure at AWCC

Come on down this winter for a kick sledding adventure at AWCC! A self-guided kick sled tour is a great way to experience the center and enjoy an Alaskan winter wonderland. The weather and the roads here at AWCC are perfect for kick-sledding this winter! We have kick-sleds to fit all ages and sizes. Enjoy…

Animal Rescue Highlight of 2020

As 2020 comes to an end, we thought we’d look back at the animals that were given homes at AWCC this year. This past spring, AWCC was able to rescue five adorable critters that were in need of a loving home. We’re glad that we were able to say “yes” to bringing Baby Ruth, Heath,…

New Coloring Map at AWCC

Bringing the family down for a visit the center this winter? Then be sure to grab our new coloring map of AWCC when you visit the ticket booth! You’ll be all set to to explore every inch of the center, including all of the beautiful animals and photo ops we have to offer. Children (or…

Support AWCC this Holiday Season

This year has been quite difficult for us here at AWCC, and the challenges we face are many. However, the cloud of 2020 has a silver lining – our friends. We’d like to say thank you to our monthly donors who give us something to count on, surprise donors who give us something to hope…

Patron Prepares for Winter – Brown Bear Facts

Here at AWCC, we often get asked if our bears dig their own dens, so today we’re providing some interesting brown bear facts regarding winter and hibernation. While our black bears have dens we’ve made for them, our brown bears love to make their own. In the featured photo you can check out Patron’s recent…

Talk of Alaska Interviews AWCC, Bird TLC, Alaska Zoo

Alaska Public Media’s “Talk of Alaska” recently interviewed the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Bird Treatment and Learning Center (Bird TLC) and The Alaska Zoo. During this discussion, leaders from all three organizations discussed animal adaptations, how animals come into our care, how COVID-19 has impacted operations, and more. Listen to the recording here. This interview…

We’re Hiring – Come Work at AWCC

We’re Hiring – Come work at AWCC in beautiful Portage, Alaska! No matter the department, you’ll be joining a dedicated team of hard-working individuals that strive to uphold our mission of preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research and quality animal care. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is hiring for positions in our Admissions, Retail,…

AWCC Selected as Alaska Tourism Shark Tank “Fan Favorite”

We’re excited to announce that AWCC recently received $3,000 towards our new Animal Kitchen project! Our organization was awarded these funds from the Alaska Tourism Shark Tank. The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) held its 5th Annual Alaska Tourism Shark Tank competition on October 7th, 2020. This year’s convention was held virtually with contestants tuning…

AWCC Receives CARES Act Funding

As one of Anchorage’s five “Cultural Pillars,” the AWCC recently received a portion of CARES Act funding provided to the Municipality of Anchorage. Our nonprofit took a serious financial hit this year. Earnings have been a fraction of our normal income due to the cancellation of nearly all tours, events, and visitors. The drastic reduction…
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