Hidden Gem: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center


If you’re planning on taking a small road trip along the Seward Highway from Anchorage, Alaska, make sure to make the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center a highlight of your trip.

Shaun and I are normally zoo people (don’t hate) but as of lately we’ve been a little worried about the state of the animals and have been picky about where we give our funds. After talking to a tourism lady she told us about this gem on the road. Keep in mind that the sign comes up on you pretty fast so make sure to check out where it is on the map before heading out.

Some of these animals not only were saved from poachers and huntsman but if they are able, they do catch and release rehabilitation. When not released, they have hundreds of acres to roam and seem quite content.

Check out some of the images we were able to capture while roaming around the park.









Disclosure: We were able to be in Anchorage due to our partnership with the Hilton Garden Inn, however all opinions are our own.


14 Responses to “Hidden Gem: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center”

  1. Cate Brubaker September 7, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Great photos! The porcupine is my favorite!

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      And you are the only one who knew what it was!

  2. Doc Wends September 7, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    I love these photos of the wilflife and the eagle, majestic. 🙂

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

      I couldn’t help but get teary eyed when we saw the eagle. There is just something so fantastic. It is like I’m patriotic or something. 😛

  3. Lane September 7, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Great photos. But, what is the thing climbing the tree?

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

      Porcupine! Weird to actually see them right?

  4. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures September 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Awesome shots, I’m such a sucker for wildlife!

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

      I apparently am too. I’m wondering how long I will sit to get the “perfect” shot.

  5. Amanda September 8, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    That porcupine is AWESOME!

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      The teeth freaked me out a bit. Weird weird looking thing.

  6. Phil September 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    What the hell is that thing in the second photo? Pretty pictures. Except for that one.

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      Porcupine! Poor thing – no one knows what it is.

  7. Joel November 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    These pictures are absolutely incredible. I see what you’re saying about giving your funds to zoos, some are mismanaged and not treating animals well. I think there are improvements going on but you definitely found a great alternative. That conservation center helped you get some gorgeous photos. I love the Bald Eagle Photo, wow!

    • Erica December 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

      Thank you! I couldn’t help but stand in awe of the bald eagle. I had never seen one before. Even though he was a bit scrappy from the poacher, he was still so magnificent.

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