North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Alexa On August - 15 - 2017 0 Comment

If you’re a wildlife lover, Alaska is the place to be. It’s the perfect habitat for Arctic animals and a great place to support the growth of endangered species. In 2010, it became illegal in the state of Alaska to re-release refuge animals back into the wild due to their interaction with humans in captivity. The animals you will see are still in their natural habitats, but something happened, such as an injury, that p mrevents them from living on their own in the wild. Some common animals you may see when visiting an Alaska wildlife refuge are bears, moose, elk, reindeer, wolves, and bald eagle. Whether you’re coming to Alaska on a cruise or taking an Alaska train tour, there are so many places to see their extraordinary wildlife that you can visit on your trip.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Located in Portage, Alaska, The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is dedicated to conservation, education, and quality animal care. Portage is about 50 miles from Anchorage and 80 miles from Seward so it’s easy to get there if you’re visiting a larger Alaskan city. You can tour the center’s one and a half mile wildlife loop via car or by walking. You’ll see some animals roaming around freely while others are in enclosures. While you can’t feed or touch the animals, visitors can participate in the center’s moose encounter where you can feed the resident moose population from a secure deck. There are also scheduled animal feedings you can watch at their particular enclosures.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Ever wanted to see a polar bear in their natural habitat? You may be able to if you visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska. The location of the refuge is in Alaska’s bear country. You’ll definitely see some bears along with native birds, moose, caribou, and wolves. Many visitors spend days at the refuge camping and hiking throughout the wilderness. The refuge is open all the time for visitors and there are no established trails, so it would be wise to print a map before you go. You can enter the refuge through the gateway communities connected to it. Fairbanks is the largest community while there are other small towns with different access points to the refuge.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

This 1.92 million acre refuge is located in Soldotna, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula. The Kenai Refuge is the most visited in Alaska because of its diverse habitats and wildlife. It’s a great place to camp, canoe, fish and hike all in one place. Visitors love to hike the wilderness and view the different wildlife during the day like bears, trumpeter swans, beavers, and wolves. There are marked trails in this refuge so be sure to visit the visitor center first to ask a park ranger where the best spots are depending on how long you’re staying.


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