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Wildlife in the Garden

The area surrounding (and including) the Alaska Botanical Garden is habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including moose, black bears, brown bears, foxes, weasels, coyotes, ravens, goshawks, many other species of birds, insects, etc.


Black Bear


Etiquette in Bear & Moose Country

To ensure that our tours, events, and programs co-exist peacefully with the wild inhabitants of the garden, a few basic "best practices" apply:

  • Please never feed wildlife
  • No pets in the Garden
  • Stay alert and calm
  • Stay on clearly-marked and maintained trails
  • Never startle, approach, or try to interact with wildlife - give animals plenty of room, and remain "up-wind" so that they are aware of your presence
  • On nature trails, please walk in groups and make noise
  • Visit ABG gardens and nature trails during daylight hours only
  • Report all wildlife sightings to ABG staff
  • No food in the Garden, unless pre-approved and supervised by ABG staff, and eaten in a contained space (ABG nursery or JMG areas).
  • No food trash in Garden trash receptacles, including gum wrappers, soda cans, etc. - except in specially-constructed bear canisters with ABG staff approval.



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Telephone: (907) 770-3692 Fax: (907) 770-0555

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