Alaska Zoo Anchorage
Where are we going today?
If you love animals just as much as the Alaska Zoo does, then you all will be a great fit for your next family day out!
Alaska Zoo can be found on 20 wooded acres in Anchorage, and what's special about the Alaska Zoo is that they aren't your ordinary zoo. In fact, they are a place where have created permanent homes to a number of orphaned and injured arctic and sub-arctic species. That's an amazing story!
The zoo is a place where the kids can really gain an incredible understanding of the creatures that live there. Kids can learn about the animals, their habitats, and most important how they can help support those species that are endangered - and also why they are endangered.
There are guided tour experiences that the family can participate in, and the staff are trained to answer all of your questions - whatever they may be! There are fun guided encounters for kids too, which will make your experience even more special.
There are special encounters too, from being a zoo keeper for a day, or feeding and cleaning the big cats. How amazing for the next show and tell!
Are you excited to hear some of the animals that live in Alaska Zoo? Kids can meet in person some of their favorite species, from coyotes, to the arctic fox, moose, river otters and even the snow leopard.
Then, there are a few species that you may have never seen in person, or even heard of! Have you ever seen a Tibetan Yak, or heard of the Bactrian Camel?
It's animal fun for the whole family in Alaska, so why not head out there and make new animal friends!
How much does it cost?
- Children$7 (Ages 3-17)
- Free Under: 2 years.
When can we go?
9am/10am open. p4m - 6pm close pending month
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days
They have a full range of program and encounter options for classes and groups- what an amazing place to learn!. They have long distance learning, as well as camps, and toddler programs too - so check out the extensive list and pick what is perfect for your students. .
The Coffee Shop offers a full selection of lunch and snack food, including espresso and cold drinks. They have a snack concession window at the admissions entrance, with popcorn also for sale too! POP!.
In addition to snack items, the Coffee Shop offers a menu of healthy options. .
Any Top Tips?
There is no ATM machine on the grounds, so bring cash or major debit/credit cards (Visa and Mastercard only). The zoo also takes at least 90 minutes to explore.
Doing our bit
They are a zoo that rescue injured and orphaned wildlife, so everything they do is incredible for the animals. .
Need a little extra help?
Our trails are accessible to those with disabilitites. Alternate trail routes are marked to avoid hills. Additional assistance is available upon request..
The restrooms offer changing stations. Trails are suitable for strollers and wagons during summer season, sleds and wagons during winter season..
Can I get one of those?
The Gift Shop offers a wide range of souvenirs and gifts for visitors of all ages. Items are tasteful and educational in some cases, with many being made right in Alaska. All sales from the Gift Shop go to support zoo operations, so purchases benefit the animals!.
The last admission to the zoo is half an hour before closing. .
What people are saying?
by Crooj J.
I realize that many of the animals are orphaned or injured. They won't do much, and animals aren't here for our entertainment. The habitats for the animals are too small for many of them, and most are kept in horrible condition (paint peeling in the seal habitat, the polar bear one being absolutely filthy, able to see the entire rib cage on the coyotes, etc...). The workers that take care of the cleaning make it easy to see why this was so (the guy cleaning the yak enclosure just talked with a visitor for well over half an hour about their favorite...Read More
I have been to zoos all around the world and have and have even worked as a guide and naturalist at a AZA facility in California. This is a world class zoo right in my backyard. It's well laid out and nestled in the trees of an Alaskan hillside. Of course there are limitations to an outdoor zoo in Alaska but they do well and the animals and displays are well cared for. I go a few times a year with out of town adults and local friends. It's not huge, but it well done.
by Jessica M
Small but nicely done. I'm used to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.
by Evgeny Ranauneut
It was great
by Jessica B
Not as large as some other zoos but many of the animals are rehabbed or injured and cannot be released into the wild which is prettt neat. Local animals mostly
by Crooj J.
I realize that many of the animals are orphaned or injured. They won't do much, and animals aren't here for our entertainment. The habitats for the animals are too small for many of them, and most are kept in horrible condition (paint peeling in the seal habitat, the polar bear one being absolutely filthy, able to see the entire rib cage on the coyotes, etc...). The workers that take care of the cleaning make it easy to see why this was so (the guy cleaning the yak enclosure just talked with a visitor for well over half an hour about their favorite drinks instead of actually shoveling as he should). The small reptile house is just sad. I realize it's hard to keep reptiles in with the climate up here, but they have nothing but a food bowl, water bowl, and dirty carpet floor in a pen too small for them. It's just not a good zoo in general. It needs at least basic upkeep and a place for the animals to tuck away when they want to. I like what they're doing with the taking in of animals with needs, but it's just not a good place.