The Alaska Zoo – O' Malley Rd

Huffman / O' Malley

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In a Nutshell

Illuminated displays of animal Christmas carolers, hockey-playing wolves, and arboreal canopies add a festive glow to the zoo’s exhibits

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Mar 9, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Must use promotional value in one visit. Zoo Lights runs Thursdays-Sundays starting 11/28/2014 from 5pm to 8pm. From 12/18/14-1/4/15, Lights run 7 days a week from 5-8pm. Not valid 12/25/14. From 2/1/15-3/8/15 lights run from 6:30-8:30pm, Thurs-Sun nights. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $15 for a Zoo Lights holiday display for four $28 value)

From Friday, November 28, through the end of the holiday season—and again for the month of February—Zoo Lights casts the zoo’s habitats and walkways in a festive glow. Animals emerge in their winter coats and snow pants to join visitors in inspecting holiday-themed displays, many of which spring to life through animation and music. As guests walk under canopies of string lights, they watch glowing orcas dive through the trees, brightly lit wolves and polar bears play hockey together, and tableaus of animals sing Christmas carols.

The Alaska Zoo

In the late 1960s, Anchorage's grocers held a contest to see who could sell the most toilet paper. One of two first-place prizes was $3,000, but the victor chose the other—a baby Asian elephant. He quickly realized he couldn't take care of her, so he put her up in the heated barn of local horse rancher Sammye Seawell. Sammye fell so in love with this small pachyderm that she began housing other abandoned creatures—enough to fill a zoo. More than 40 years later, The Alaska Zoo's keepers and veterenarians continue this simple but powerful mission: to rescue orphaned, injured, and captive-born animals of the Arctic, sub-Arctic, and similar regions.

Today, the zoo’s habitats house more than 110 animals from 53 cold-loving species. In semiaquatic zones, polar bears nap, harbor seals swim, and river otters attempt to solve calculus equations. In terrestrial environments, amur tigers play with a ball attached to a zipline, and black bears lounge in a hammock made from recycled fire hoses. Other habitats house residents such as snow leopards, reindeer, and wolves.

In addition to caring for these animals, staffers conduct Iditarod-focused educational events in March and use animal-themed light displays to celebrate both the summer solstice and approaching winter holidays. They also raise awareness for wildlife through educational programs, such as seasonal adventure camps and zookeeper shadowing, and join in conservation efforts, such as serving as ambassadors for Polar Bears International and the Toupees for Bald Eagles Project.

Customer Reviews

If you are going to zoo lights dress in layers so you can stay warm. When you are warm and cozy you can enjoy strolling through the light displays. The displays were very nice and seeing the Tigers, wolves, seal, and Eagles was fun.
Melissa C. · February 7, 2015
Take the family! Great place!
Adrienne K. · January 24, 2015
Nice family time
Olga S. · December 24, 2014

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