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Since 1969, the Alaska Zoo has provided or found homes for the injured, abandoned or ophaned wildlife of Alaska. Millions of people and generations of Alaskans have passed through our doors. We are committed in our mission to promote the conservation of Arctic, sub-Arctic and like-climate species through education, research and community enrichment.
Phase 1: Transition Center consists of two buildings and adjacent yard areas.
Transition Building: Features a causeway for moving bears from the current facility to an off-exhibit outdoor area with natural substrate and a pool.
Holding and Maternity Dens: Provide space for up to six cubs, a family group or up to three adult bears. This 1,200 square-foot building has three dens and adjacent yard areas with natural substrate and one with a pool.
Research: The zoo has a history of working with wildlife agencies, zoological facilities, universities and organizations to further the scientific knowledge and behavioral study of our animals. We are currently collaborating with the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Clean Seas, Cincinnati and Memphis Zoos and the University of Alaska Anchorage on polar bear research.
|Above: Aerial view of the new polar bear exhibit with the expansion.|
|Above: View of the new expansion, water feature and natural substrate. Below: Entrance to the exhibit between the existing and new areas.|
Why Begin This Project Now?
"The Alaska Zoo is an incredible asset to the citizens of Anchorage and to Alaskans, along with being a top destination for visitors" ~ Mayor Dan Sullivan
"Not only would this expansion provide an improved facility for the education of the public on Arctic ecosystems and polar bears, it would also improve the zoo's ability to care for orphaned cubs and provide new research opportunities on captive bears that may benefit their wild counterparts" ~ Elizabeth LaVerne Smith, Acting Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
For more information on the Polar Bear Project, contact Eileen Floyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.