Alaska Zoo Mission

Serving Alaska's Wildlife for Over 45 Years

The Alaska Zoo has provided a home for orphaned, injured and captive-born animals for over four decades. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting conservation of Arctic, sub-Arctic and like climate species through education, research and community enrichment.

Discovery Center: How We Began

Visitors to the zoo can discover the unique beginning of the Alaska Zoo and our progress through the years by visiting the Discovery Center, located in the old gift shop building.

The Center is open during all zoo visiting hours and provides a good warming spot during winter visits.

Explore the history and story of the Alaska Zoo through vintage photographs, interpretive displays, hands-on items, and a DVD showing archival zoo footage.  You will leave the Discovery Center with a better understanding of who we are, where we came from, and how we have served the community and wildlife of Alaska for over four decades.