Before traveling around Alaska, I had this concern that if I would be so lucky to see any wildlife animals during this trip. After tonnes of research, I found many tourists had no luck in seeing animals during their travel - could be due to weather or their luck.
Some Alaska experts from forum stated that there is usually no bears appearance in May. Given the fact that my travel was in late May - early June, I was at the border line of the luck if he/she was right. If you are experiencing the same problem, visiting the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center should be in your itinerary. I used it as a backup plan, in case I couldn't see any animal in the wild.
In the end, I was lucky to have seen many wildlife animal including white wolves, grizzly bears, moose, caribou, mountain goats, Dall sheeps, Alaska Red Squirrels etc. I will get into more details in the coming post but this post will focus on the Wildlife Conservation Center.
For my personal travel, I usually support the wildlife conservation center instead of the local zoo. I would like to see animal in the wild but not in a cage. The Wildlife Conservation Center provides care for displaced animals that no longer able to survive in the wild. Some adopted animals were orphans or severely injured that require a safe place to receive medical attention, they may be released to the wild once recovered or they may just live in the center for the rest of their lives.
You will expect to see some explanation boards for the animals, some facts about the animals as well as how the particular orphans were adopted. These were some porcupines explanation, very educational. The below porcupine only has three legs due to the human trap injured one of its legs.
The field was huge, I drove around with car but walking around at different spots. You can also choose to take some field trips to receive the guides' educational tour but that comes with some fees.
During the visit, I saw bears, moose, muskox, caribou, porcupine, deer etc. I was hoping to see any wolves but I couldn't find it when I was there. If you are planning for a road trip to Alaska and happen to drop by the center, I would suggest to bring your own lunch to enjoy it at the end of the field. Please note that I still had to walk for some distance to check out those wildlife even if I drove to the field, hence remember to wear comfortable walking shoes.
Alaska is a bear country, there are many notice boards to remind the tourists of the tips for traveling in bear country.
Since I always wanted to check out how big were the bears, walking on the secured decks was an ideal way to do so. The black bear was seen at the bottom of the deck at one point but slowly moved towards the cave to rest. I guess I was lucky enough to capture the moment before the black bear returned to the cave. As for the grizzly bear, the bear was pretty much a superstar attention seeker who loved to get close to the fence where the tourists gathered. During my visit, a tourist bus just dropped off a whole bus of tourists whom were just as excited as myself to check out the Grizzly bear.
Went to Alaska in 2017 Jun, absolutely enjoyed the whole journey with the opportunity to immerse into the nature scenery along with the wildlife encounter.