The Alaska Zoo in Anchorage is untamed, open and refershingly natural.

The zoo says that more than half the animals came to the zoo because they were injured, abandoned or orphaned. The animal habitats felt very comfortable in the surrounding area. Most zoos are associated with major cities and almost all seem like an amuzement park, an artificial environment created to “feel” right.

The Alaska Zoo feels at home in Alaska.

Black bear at the Alaska Zoo

Our friend the polar bear was obviously quite content as well. The temperature was in the 60’s overcast and generally Alaskan coastal climate.

..after a long day's work

Is dinner served?



More than one of the guests was taking it easy.




The zoo is laid out like a meandering walk through the woods. This seems quite natural as many of the inhabitants are native to that woods-like environment.


If you enjoy small community zoos or have kids this is the place to go.  It is only minutes from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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Written by Dave on July 17th, 2009 - Places

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