Celebrate National Zoo Lover's Day at Alaska's only zoo
This Saturday is National Zoo Lover’s Day, which means there is no better time for Alaskans to get out and experience the state’s only zoo! Whether planning a family “staycation” over the weekend or entertaining out-of-town relatives, the Alaska Zoo is the perfect place to view more than 100 of Alaska’s Arctic and sub-Arctic creatures! Here are a few ways to love the Alaska Zoo:
Throughout the year, the Alaska Zoo features many family-friendly events perfect for kiddos of all ages. This spring, join the Alaska Zoo for these not-to-miss events:
- Toddler programs: every Monday and Wednesday featuring animal story time and sing alongs.
- Wildlife Wednesday: On April 12, learn from Alaska State Veterinarian, Dr. Bob Gerlach about what it means to be a wildlife veterinarian.
- Kids Day at the Zoo: On Saturday, April 15, join the Alaska Zoo for a fun-filled day of animal enrichment, games, face painting, crafts and a petting zoo. Kids ages 17 and under get free admission to the zoo!
- Kids Fun Run: Registration is now open for the Alaska Zoo Kids Fun Run taking place on Saturday, May 6.
For two Wednesdays during the spring, the Alaska Zoo teams up with the Anchorage Golf Course and ARRP to provide motorized golf cart zoo tours for those with mobility issues. Access Zoo Days will take place on May 17 and 24 from noon to 3 p.m. — there are no extra fees for Access Zoo Days tours.Summer Family Nights and CampsThis summer, the Alaska Zoo is kicking off Summer Family Nights on Tuesdays and Fridays. This free event offers zoo keeper talks on Tuesdays and live music on Fridays starting in June and running through August.
Ever wonder how polar bears spend their day? In partnership with GCI, Zoo lovers who can’t visit the zoo in person can keep up with the resident polar bears, Ahpun and Lyutyik through the live polar bear camera.
Did you know the Alaska Zoo is a 501c3?The Alaska Zoo is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing and finding homes for orphaned, injured, abandoned or endangered animals. Zoo lovers wanting to support the zoo can do so by purchasing an annual pass, hosting an event at the zoo, attending an event, donating through Pick.Click.Give. and volunteering.Home for orphaned and injured animalsThe zoo has served as a home for injured and orphaned animals since 1968 — in fact, many animals that currently reside at the zoo were found orphaned or injured. The zoo is home to more than 100 animals, representing nearly 50 species, making the zoo the location in Alaska to see the widest variety of animal species. In addition to viewing, the zoo specializes in education, research, wildlife conservation and animal rehabilitation, even acting as a Polar Bears International Arctic Ambassador Center since 2004