The Alaska Zoo

Huffman / O' Malley

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In a Nutshell

Nonprofit animal sanctuary rescues orphaned and injured animals of the Arctic and sub-Arctic, from polar bears to Amur tigers

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Promotional value expires Dec 1, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid toward Zoo Lights. Valid only during regular business hours at the Alaska Zoo. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Polar bears are unpredictable creatures, which is why you should never approach them in the wild or depend on them to babysit your pet seal. Have a brush with the animal kingdom with this Groupon.

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  • $12 for a zoo visit for two adults (a $24 value)
  • $19 for a zoo visit for two adults and up to three kids (up to a $42 value)

The zoo’s grounds span both aquatic and terrestrial habitats that house Arctic and sub-Arctic animals such as brown and black bears, snow leopards, and wolves.

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

We really enjoyed all the beautiful lights and seeing so many animals out at night. I bought the Groupon and we took friends that had never experienced the zoo lights before. They were impressed and plan to take their grandkids this coming holiday season.
Bonnie L. · March 31, 2016
Always a fun night at the Alaska Zoo Lights! Animals seem very excited to have people coming through at night. My grandson (6 1/2) enjoyed the tour tot he max!!! Throughly recommend.
Karen B. · March 10, 2016
All ages will enjoy this wonderful display of lights.
Wendy H. · March 8, 2016
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    Huffman / O' Malley

    4731 O'Malley Rd

    Anchorage, AK 99507


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