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,…

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? 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 adults!) are sure to…

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 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…

Pip & Jo the Rescued Moose Calves Are All Grown Up!

Have you ever wondered how much Pip and Jo the rescued moose calves get fed? When these little gals first arrived in late spring 2020, we started them out with six bottle feedings a day (every four hours). This meant many late nights and early mornings for our Animal Care staff! The amount they received…

Giant Veggie Feeding 2020

Every year at the Alaska State Fair, one of the main attractions is the giant prized vegetables. But as Harvest Fest ends, what happens to all those impressive cabbages and colossus squash? The veggies head south to attract a different crowd. The Alaska State Fair generously donates the vegetables to the bears of AWCC! Due…

Virtual Field Trips at AWCC

Want to bring the AWCC to your classroom? A Virtual Field Trip to the center is great for students of all ages. These unique tours are a wonderful opportunity to learn about wildlife, conservation, animal adaptations, and more. Students get a front-row-seat for viewing our animals as well as the beautiful Chugach Mountain range that…

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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