Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

On our way back to Anchorage from Seward on the last day of the family's vacation, we stopped at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, Alaska. This place is home to many animals who have been injured or orphaned. It is a non-profit and they depend on our entrance fees to take care of the animals. The first animal that we saw was the grizzly bear. It was lunch time and our bear friend was enjoying some moose roadkill that was donated to the center. The bear came to the center because its mother was killed when it was just a cub. If it had not been brought to the center, then it would not have survived on its own.

The next animal that we saw was the moose. Actually, more than 1 moose lives at the center. Here is a picture of the moose that we saw. He was resting as the afternoon heat was too much for him.

Next, we saw the wolves. Here is one gray wolf. He was a shy little thing. I much prefer to see the animals at the Conservation Center rather than at the zoo because I feel that their habitats are more humane, comfortable and natural. All of the animals have lots of space to roam and explore.

Here is a picture of a caribou. He was looking a little mangy due to it being summer and the molting that was occurring.

We also saw a bison. He is quite hairy and moves slowly as well due to his size.

We saw some baby animals as well, including a baby musk ox (which we didn't get a picture of) that was super little and cute. The last animal that we saw was an eagle. he was rescued because he had an amputated wing. Although you cannot tell in the picture, he does only have one wing.

Getting to see all of these Alaskan animals up close was such a great end to a fun trip! I know that this will surely be a talked about trip for many years to come!


1 comment:

  1. Wow - what a wonderful vacation- I sure did enjoy reading about all your adventures.

    Hope all is well with you both in AK! Rebekah is keeping me updated on all the big plans.
    Go Dawgs on Sat.!