I gave you a little teaser yesterday with the close up photo of a grizzly bear. No, we didn't encounter the bear on a hike in the woods. The bear was one of several at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
One the Seward Highway between Portage and Girdwood we found the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals and provides spacious enclosures and care. Animals that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center. Others are released back into the wild.
We visited the center by walking around and watching the bears, bison, caribou, fox, and porcupine. It was the first porcupine either of us had seen and I can't say that we saw much of him. He was mostly sleeping and poked his head out once to look around.
We arrived just in time to catch the end of the bear feeding. The center has built a high boardwalk above the bear habitat and the bears were out for dinner. There were several grizzlies on one side and black bears on the other. We didn't get to see bears close up in the wild so this was the next best thing.
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One of the more animated animals there was a Red Fox. He was curious and seemed to want to know what we were up to. He was constantly moving around but would stop and look at us, giving me a great opportunity for a portrait shot.
Although we had seen several Moose on our first day in Denali, we enjoyed watching this big guy.
What are we up to tomorrow? Here's a hint.
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