Animal Updates

Alaska Zoo Animal Updates

In an effort to provide visitors and supporters with the "scoop" on animals at the Alaska Zoo, our animal husbandry staff will update this page weekly. Thank you for your interest!

  • Note: We will be draining the seal pool on Wednesday, 8/16 to clean it and refill it.
  • 8/15/17 This summer has been a whirlwind, so we apologize for the lapse in updates! We have had a record-setting summer of bear cub intakes from wildlife agency staff, in most cases due to cubs orphaned when their food-conditioned mothers became accustomed to trash and lost their avoidance of humans. These are very sad cases, with 5 of the cubs coming from our very own Anchorage hillside area. We hope these cubs will serve as a reminder to us all to secure trash and other bear attractants to keep bears wild. In all cases of this season's cubs, zoo staff was able to secure good homes for them at other respected facilities. We were happy to have all of our new cub facilities at our disposal this season - the infirmary (indoor and outdoor areas), orphaned cub facility and new polar bear transition facility. We are certainly using them all!
    • In other news...
    • We are in the process of completing the new pool lining and expanded land space for the river otter habitat. We hope to have them back in their home this fall!
    • We are also building fence for the new moose habitat which will encompass the area next to the creek restoration and part of the creek area. We have a plan approved which will provide the moose access to the area without causing disruptions to the creek. Once the moose are moved here, we will begin work to expand the muskox habitat.
  • 5/17/17 Lyutyik, the male polar bear was shifted to the new off exhibit polar bear yard to offer him some new choices and a change of scenery.
  • 5/15/17 We received Malala a female snow leopard from the Central Park Zoo in New York on May 5th.  She is adjusting well and is getting familar with our keepers and Nakai her next door neighbor. 
  • 5/13/17 Maya the musk ox had a female calf at 5pm tonight, just 7 hours short of mother's day!  Baby and mom are both doing well.
  • 3/15/17 Peggy Sue, the female porcupine, had her teeth trimmed.  Her initial injuries where thought to have come about after she was hit by a car.  She had to have one of her front paws amputated and her jaw does not align correctly, which would normally allow her incisors to wear down naturally.  Because porcupines teeth continually grow she need us to trim them for her every 2-3 months.
  • 3/1/17 Wild bald eagles have been frequenting the zoo visiting with resident eagles, Jude and Leuco.
  • 2/20/17 Jake and Oreo, the brown bears, where both awake and chilling out on the porch to the den building.
  • 2/14/17 Flying squirrels will be moving to a large outdoor enclosure today. With all of the very cold weather, we have been slowly acclimating them. We will take advantage of this warm weather and a heat pad to finish their transition. Look for them next to the Sitka deer.