Alaska Zoo

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Photo credit: Wayde Carroll, courtesy of Visit Anchorage

Trip 21.  Alaska Zoo—Eagles, and moose, and bears, oh my!

Dates: Plan your visit based on your schedule.

Start and end times: The zoo is open 9 am–9 pm daily during summer. Last admission to the zoo is 30 minutes prior to closing time. It takes about 1.5 hours to see the entire zoo, so plan accordingly. The zoo operates a free shuttle to and from downtown Anchorage (at the Visitor’s Center at the corner of 4th Avenue and F Street), right around the corner from the Egan Center. During 2018, the shuttle was at the downtown stop every hour from 9:40 am to 6:40 pm to pick up visitors to go to the zoo. At the zoo, the shuttle picked up returning passengers every hour from 10:15 am to 8:15 pm to go back downtown. Check here for the updated shuttle schedule for 2019. It’s about a 25-minute ride to the zoo from downtown.

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Costs: No AOS registration fee. Trips arranged independently by participants. The Alaska Zoo has offered a discount of $2 per ticket for AOS participants and family members with a show of the conference badge. The normal ticket rates are $15 for non-resident adult, $13 for Alaska-resident adult, $10 for senior, $7 for youth (3–17 years), and free for younger children. Purchase your tickets directly from the Alaska Zoo when you arrive at the zoo. Show them your conference badge for the discount.

Maximum participants: No limit, but shuttle service is first-come, first-served.

Food:  Lunch and snacks are available at the coffee shop at the zoo.

Trip Leader(s): Knowledgeable zoo staff.

Trip Description: The Alaska Zoo will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019! The only zoo in Alaska, this sanctuary hosts a variety of injured and orphaned birds and other wildlife from Alaska and other exotic parts of the world. You’ll be able to see polar, brown, and black bears; mountain goats and Dall sheep; muskox, moose, caribou, and Sitka black-tailed deer; wolves and foxes; harbor seals and many other amazing mammals! There are also many spectacular birds that you can see up close, including eagles, falcons, ravens, magpies, swans, and lots of different types of owls! There are also many exotic species you’d not expect to see in Alaska, including a Bactrian camel and a snow leopard! It is easy to walk around the naturally wooded paths to see the wildlife in an intimate setting.

Likely species: Bring your binoculars! The zoo is in a quiet patch of woods, and many species of wild birds come to visit in the mixed white spruce-paper birch forest. Wild waterfowl can also be seen in the natural waters of the zoo.

Recommended Gear and Cautions: Sturdy shoes for walking on dirt trails around the zoo grounds, plus appropriate extra outer layers if it’s rainy or cool. Binoculars, camera, and insect repellent.

Additional Information: https://www.alaskazoo.org/

Address:  The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O’Malley Road, Anchorage, AK, 99507; (907) 346-2133

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