Setting out from your hotel in Anchorage, we will drive you south along the Turnagain Arm, looking to the left for possible sheep, mountain goats, or moose sightings, and to the right for beluga whales, eagles, salmon, and more.
Upon reaching Girdwood, we will make a stop at the main attraction of this tour, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Alaska's wildlife through conservation, education and quality animal care. Most of the animals that have come to AWCC were either orphaned or injured. With consent from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, animals are taken in, treated and rehabilitated. Depending on their individual case and condition, they may be released back into the wild, transferred to another facility, or given a permanent home at the Center. Here you are guaranteed to see animals.
The residents are constantly changing as new ones arrive and, hopefully, many are released back into nature. The possibilities of animals you may see are bears, moose, elk, caribou, and all kinds of other Alaskan wild animals including the Arctic Musk Ox. As you walk along from one open air compound to the next, you will have the possibility of seeing Alaska's animals in a natural setting.
For guests so inclined, there will be opportunities to become an associate or even to "adopt" an animal the financial support of the center.
You will then return to Anchorage where drop offs will be made at several hotels. This tour lasts approximately 4 hours and includes several wildlife viewing stops along the Turnagain Arm.
This was a really good excursion. We are older and not very active and were really looking forward to seeing some native inland wildlife. We would have rather seen it outside of a fenced area but that isn't guaranteed. This was a great way to get up close and see a large variety of animals. We saw some salmon and a moose on the trip and the driver turned around to go back so we could get out and watch the moose a little while. That was really nice. The tide was out so we didn't see much action on the Turnagain Arm on the drive. I would highly recommend this if you are not looking for another water adventure and aren't too active. This is a great way to see the wildlife that AK has to offer in one spot.
Reviewer: Barbara and Stan Schwartz
We really enjoyed the Wildlife Tour and our guide, John.