Here is a small sampling of the projects we have completed over the past few years.

Aerial view of the completed Little Campbell Creek restoration area with the new moose habitat fence in place. Image by John Gomes, www.akjohn.com.

Aerial view of the completed Little Campbell Creek restoration area with the new moose habitat fence in place. Image by John Gomes, www.akjohn.com.

Little campbell creek restoration and integrated moose habitat

The Alaska Zoo is very pleased with the fish passage improvements to the creek. It was a great cooperative project and a pleasure to work with all the people involved. This endeavor has been “in the works" since around 2008. Many people were involved over the years. Some have left positions they were in while working on it. I hope they come out to see the fruits of their labor. ~ Patrick Lampi, Executive Zoo Director


Aerial view of the completed Phase I of the Polar Bear Habitat, with the Transition Facility including maternity dens and an off-exhibit area for bear holding. Grass to the right side of the image is the old moose habitat which will become the expanded muskox habitat. Aerial photo by John Gomes, www.akjohn.com.

Aerial view of the completed Phase I of the Polar Bear Habitat, with the Transition Facility including maternity dens and an off-exhibit area for bear holding. Grass to the right side of the image is the old moose habitat which will become the expanded muskox habitat. Aerial photo by John Gomes, www.akjohn.com.

Phase I - the polar bear transition, holding and maternity den facility

Phase I: Completed in 2016. The Transition Center will:

  • Provide a dedicated facility for orphaned, abandoned or injured cubs from the North Slope
  • Be equipped with video monitoring capability
  • Provide holding den space for up to 6 polar bear cubs at a time
  • Provide a maternity den for resident polar bears
  • Update our current facility to today’s standards by adding a natural substrate area
  • Increase our ability to participate in research that benefits wild populations of polar bears
    • The zoo has a history of working with wildlife agencies, zoological facilities, universities and organizations to further the scientific knowledge and behavioral study of our animals. We are collaborating with the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Clean Seas, Cincinnati and Memphis Zoos and the University of Alaska Anchorage on polar bear research.
  • Phase II will be the more "public side" of the project. This phase was planned to follow in quick succession after the completion of Phase I, however the economic climate of our state and funding challenges are sending us back to the drawing board in terms of a strategy and timeline. We must re-examine previous cost estimates and potentially revise our plans to make a realistic and successful approach moving forward. We will keep our supporters and donors updated as we develop these plans for Phase II.