Big Game Alaska Wildlife Park

This park is only for the preservation of orphaned or injured animals that could not survive on their own in the wild.   When the park service and forest service find animals that are at risk they observe them until it is certain that the animals have been abandoned or are injured beyond natural recovery.  If the ranger decides that it is the last option, then the animal is carefully rescued and brought to the park where it is cared for and its injuries are treated. 

Find the park at mile 79 of the Seward Highway.  The park is on the inlet side of the road near the Portage Highway turnoff.

The park is quite big, and once you pay the entrance fee ($5.00 adult, $3.00 senior/military/children 4-15, under 4 free) you receive a cassette tape to play in your car stereo telling about the animals as you drive on a mini safari.  The animals are fenced, but they have a much larger area than a regular zoo.  Animals we saw while visiting in 1999 included moose, bison, elk, musk ox, caribou, Sitka black tailed deer, snowshoe hares and a black bear.  The wildlife center also features an impressive log building containing a gift shop and coffee shop.  They are open 9 am to 7 pm during the summer and 10 am to 4 pm during the winter.

For more information about the wildlife center, click here.

Last visited: June 1999

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