AWCC Announces Sarah Howard as Executive Director & Becky Chambless as Development Director

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC), Alaska’s premier wildlife sanctuary, announces that Sarah Howard has been promoted to Executive Director. Howard has been working for the sanctuary since 2010, most recently serving as Curator. As Executive Director, Sarah is responsible for managing the day to day operations as well as the financial goals, strategic plans,…

Christmas Tree Donations = Enrichment for the Animals

Christmas tree enrichment for the animals was recently featured on Alaska’s News Source! Check out our curator, Sarah (Howie) Howard, explaining why our animals love this form of enrichment so much: Thank you to all those who have donated real trees to us! And, if you’re one of those people who likes to keep your…

Beary Playful

Enjoy this video of Kobuk the Black Bear at play, filmed by a guest visiting the sanctuary in July of 2021. This video highlights the importance of enrichment. Sonia, AWCC Animal Keeper & Enrichment Coordinator, chats with us about the importance of enrichment: As the enrichment coordinator it is my job to make sure that…

Season 2 of Alaska Animal Rescue is now live on DisneyPlus!

Come behind the scenes with our Animal Care staff and learn what it takes to care for the animals that call AWCC home. The show follows staff from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, the Alaska SeaLife Center, and the Alaska Raptor Center as they respond to animals in need.

Discovery.com Article Highlight: Learn More About the Alaska Conservation Center

Learn more about the sanctuary in this great article by Lucy Sherriff. External Link: https://www.discovery.com/nature/this-alaska-conservation-center-rescues-orphaned-wildlife  

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…
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