Animal Enrichment at AWCC

Here at AWCC, we love to keep our animals’ bodies active and minds stimulated. That’s why we utilize operant conditioning and five different kinds of animal enrichment to keep them happy: Sensory, environmental, dietary, novelty, and social. Operant conditioning is a type of learning in which an animal learns from its behaviors as it interacts…

Alaska Animal Rescue Season 2

Did you know that season 2 of Alaska Animal Rescue is now on Nat Geo Wild? This exciting series follows staff from the Alaska Sealife Center, the Alaska Raptor Center, and of course Howie and the team here at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. New episodes air on Saturdays at 10:00PM EST. Can’t make it? No…

Pip & Jo the Rescued Moose Calves Move to their New Home

We’re excited to announce that Pip & Jo the rescued moose calves have moved into their new home here at AWCC! Now that they’ve gotten bigger, this larger enclosure offers them more space to explore and play. Right now they are neighbors with Arnold the moose, but this summer they’ll become roommates so they can…

AWCC Volunteers – Summer 2020 Highlight!

All of us here at the AWCC would like to give a huge shout-out to our summer 2020 volunteers! COVID-19 greatly impacted AWCC’s operations this season and the support of our volunteers was invaluable in helping us uphold our mission during these difficult times. We couldn’t have done it without them! We hope you enjoy…

Meet Our Interns!

Tierney Gannon, Animal Care Intern Favorite Animal? AWCC: Hugo the Grizzly Bear or Snickers the Porcupine Overall: Toads Where are you from? Lockport, Illinois Education? Ohio State University; Major: Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology Minor: Spanish Aspirations? I want to travel and work in multiple locations and countries and to find a career that includes working with wildlife, education and traveling. How do you…

Meet Our Animal Care Staff!

Cameron Ward, Hoofstock Keeper Favorite Animal? AWCC: Canadian Lynx Overall: Pangolin, an animal related to the armadillo  Where are you from? Originally I’m from Columbia, Missouri, but I grew up in East Lansing, Michigan.  Education? Majored in Health Sciences and minored in Biology at Truman State University  What has AWCC done for you? AWCC has given me the opportunity to live…

Meet Our Animal Care Staff!

David Rehak Suma, Educational Animal Keeper Favorite Animal? For the past two summers, I have been fortunate enough to raise our Black-Tailed Sitka Deer fawns. This experience has shown me how playful the fawns can be and how the proper upbringing can influence the behavior of the deer. They are also the cutest animals on the planet.  …

Meet Our Animal Care Staff!

Hanna Sundstrom, Lead Animal Keeper Favorite Animal? AWCC: It’s hard for me to choose a favorite animal, but I have always been interested in bears, so they’re at the top of my list. I also gained a huge appreciation for muskox and moose while I’ve been here – they have a much larger personality than people realize. Overall:…

Meet Our Animal Care Staff!

Katie Middlebrook, Lead Animal Keeper Favorite Animal? AWCC: Red Foxes, Sitka Black-Tailed Deer, Canadian Lynx Overall: Great White Shark after doing conservation research in Mosselbaai, South Africa Where are you from? I grew up in Glendale, AZ but lived in Alamogordo, NM for 4 years and in Anchorage, AK for the past 3. My husband is in the military,…
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