Where the All Alaskans Are


The Alaska Zoo has been at the center of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ in Anchorage for the past 49 years, a tradition of service that makes zoo staff and volunteers proud to take part in.

The zoo recently received the honor of being nominated for the All Alaskan Award by Visit Anchorage as part of the 39th year of the Seymour Awards. We were nominated alongside 34 other worthy organizations, all working to provide support and service to Alaskans and visitors alike.

On the evening of April 6th, we found out that the Alaska Zoo was chosen as the winner of the 2018 All Alaskan Award! This award was given to the zoo in honor of outstanding contributions made to Visit Anchorage, the tourism industry and community. We were chosen for this award out of nearly 1,000 member businesses, a true honor indeed.

At the event, Alaska Zoo Executive Director Patrick Lampi was on hand to receive the award and a poem was read, written by Sonya Wellman, Events Manager with the Rasmuson Foundation. We wanted to share this poem and express the gratitude we feel for our community here in Anchorage, as well as across Alaska and around the world.

We would not be the organization we are today without the continued support of visitors and donors. We thank Visit Anchorage and our peers for this nomination and award. And we thank you, the loyal zoo visitors. The loyal donors and partners. The embracing tourists who travel so far to catch a glimpse of a wild Alaska which we are so fortunate to have in our own backyards in Anchorage. We are grateful for all of the support we receive to continue our mission of care for wildlife in need.

Where the All Alaskans Are
By Sonya Wellman

The All Alaskan Winner can be known
By three traits embodied – right down to the bone
Longevity, stewardship and community – all in one, a shining star
Here in the land of where the wild things are.

Here in this town, this All Alaskan’s business grew and grew
Until the virtue of Longevity was met through and through
In business for 49 years and our member for 31
A mainstay here in the land of the midnight sun.

The next trait to acclaim – one of Stewardship
Something they know quite well at this nonprofit
Conserve the species of the Arctic you say?
Education all the live-long day!
Research and society enrichment abounds
Fundamental to their mission here in Anchor-Town.

Third on the list is Sense of Community
Theirs is one of wide and varied opportunity
Assorted programs for the old and the young
Let me list a few to give you an idea of the fun –
Leaping Lynx and Kooky Canines
Wacky Weasels and Prickly Porcupines
Storytime, camps of adventure, and programs for the scout
Wonderful experiences for visitors and locals out and about.

Before the wild rumpus starts and we raise our glasses in cheer
Please help me in welcoming the All Alaskan Winner of the Year
Quite the deserved rumpus for a business so true
Let’s put our hands together for the Alaska Zoo.