Discovery Center

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We are excited to celebrate 50 years of operation this year, 2019! We have so much to reflect on looking at how the zoo has grown and changed over the decades. When zoo visitors visit our Discovery Center, they will step back in time to discover the unique beginning of the Alaska Zoo and our progress through the years.

The Discovery Center is located in what used to be the zoo's Gift Shop building. The Center is open during all zoo visiting hours and provides a good warming spot during winter visits and events.

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 an understanding of who we are, where we came from and how we have served the community and wildlife of Alaska for almost 50 years.

Discovery Center vintage photos are a collection taken by Bob Pate, long-time zoo supporter and volunteer. Zoo photographer John Gomes also has images in this collection.

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We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our friends at Lowe's South in Anchorage. They volunteered their time and materials through the "Lowe's Heroes" program to give our Discovery Center a much needed face lift.

We hope you will come check it out on your next zoo visit! The Discovery Center is open during all open zoo hours. Thank you, Lowe's Heroes and the amazing Lowe's South volunteers!