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‘Purrfect’ Match: ‘Cat Whisperer’ Mieshelle Nagelschneider & ‘Cat Daddy’ Jackson Galaxy Join Forces for Stray Cat Alliance

Earlier this summer, Lucy Noland, a co-anchor at NBC4 News in Los Angeles, shared some impressive achievements in regard to battling a crisis faced by many metropolitan areas in the US—an out of control stray cat population. Notice I said “stray” and not “feral cat“ population, as the problem demographic seems to be comprised of…

Vital Ground Protects Grizzly Bear Habitat Throughout Their North American Range

Vital Ground is a Montana-based land trust dedicated to protecting grizzly bear habitat in North America. The organization supports bear conservation ecology studies in 6 ecosystems, which are scattered throughout Alaska, the Lower 48 (Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming) and in Canada. According to the organization’s newly revamped website, the land trust has “helped protect and…

What It Means To Be ‘Bear Aware’

To be “Bear Aware” has come to mean different things to different people and different communities, which is why I am not always a fan of choosing such phrasiology. At it’s most fundamental level “Bear Awareness” emphasizes a commitment to keeping bears wild.  It suggests a certain stewardship of these iconic species, a respect for…

Bringing Back Bison–Brings Back Biodiversity

Bringing back the wood bison is not just about the restoration of a charismatic mega-vertebrate.  Indeed, the wood bison–the larger of the two subspecies of the American bison–is a magnificent beast and reintroducing the subspecies is a heck of an achievement. But its return to Wild Alaska signifies much more. I’m privileged to be able to…

When Mr. Bovid Meets Mr. Cervid by Accident

I wasn’t on campus yesterday when one of our younger bull elk jumped an eight foot perimeter fence surrounding his enclosure. He found himself face to face with a muskox. The muskox was in his own paddock with his caprine herd-mates looking on. Our staff photographer, Doug Lindstrand, was on site to capture footage of…

Please Excuse the Tidal Bore

Contributing Editor Jordan Schaul recalls yesterday’s tide that brought a surge of water to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center campus. It was reminiscent of the great tidal bores that are particularly pronounced during the equinox. My colleagues and I pretty much rowed in to work yesterday as the tide nearly engulfed our campus.  A few times…

Cabbage Conundrum: What Do You Do with a 125 lb Cabbage?

What to do with a giant cabbage? Eat it? Show it? How about feed it to an 800 lb grizzly bear? The 14th Annual Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off at the Alaska State Fair produced some gigantic heads of cabbage. I mean gigantic! When I first moved to Alaska I was aware that the citizens of the Frontier…

Surrogate Ambassador Species: The Lynx as a Case Study

Here at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC), we are at the forefront of educating people about native Alaskan game species–the only living institution like it in Alaska and the world, for that matter.  Likewise, the Alaska SeaLife Center is the only living institution in the world dedicated to conservation, research and education of regional marine life. As we…

USFWS Acting Director Visits the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center’s Wood Bison Handling Facility and Experimental Reintroduction Herd

On June 29th, the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Acting Director, Rowan W. Gould and Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s (ADF&G) endangered species coordinator, Doug Vincent-Lang, and colleagues visited the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) to see the experimental reintroduction herd of wood bison that will soon be released into the wild. Mike Miller, the…

“Gilly” the Moose Calf– Video Gone Viral

“Gilly” the Moose Calf  (click on link to see video) Our first orphaned moose calf of the season has received quite a bit of acclaim and a lot of attention from our animal care interns. Erin Leighton from Houston, Texas filmed this segment. The link above takes you to a You Tube video featuring this…

Mamma Moose & Jack

One of the emerging disciplines in veterinary science and medicine is the study of the human-animal bond. As defined on the website of Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, “The Human-Animal Bond is the dynamic relationship between people and animals in that each influences the psychological and physiological state of the other.”  A field that was once centered on…

The Art and Science of Captive Animal Enrichment: Part 1 – Bears

In celebration of Bear Awareness Week (May 15th – May 21st), Contributing Editor Jordan Schaul discusses enriching the lives of bears in captivity and particularly those at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is home to the largest bear exhibit in the United States.  Zoo Keepers can relate to that puzzled expression…

Calving Season in Full Swing at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Just a week after Mother’s Day we find ourselves overwhelmed with calves and new mothers at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. I counted 11 bison calves this morning and passed by two curious musk ox calves and one caribou calf on my early morning tour around the AWCC campus. I share below, recent photos taken by our staff…

Alaska Zoo Rescues Polar Bear Cub

Just over a week ago a 17lb polar bear cub was rescued from Alaska’s North Slope with the help of  ConocoPhillip’s Alpine oil field operators and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Alaskan zoological facilities were prepared to take in the cub and she was eventually placed at the Alaska Zoo  in Anchorage. The zoo currently cares…

Chicago Zoological Society Spearheads Zoo Community’s Climate Awareness Initiative

Here in Alaska, the last frontier, the impact of climate change is particularly noticeable and clearly indisputable. Melting polar ice and the retreat of glaciers, among other changes, compromise polar and circumpolar fauna. As the Earth’s surface temperatures have warmed the impact on more temperate, subtropical and tropical regions is perhaps less obvious. Nonetheless, effects…