Wildlife in Alaska's ANWAR Supreme Family Vacation Treat

  • Caribou roam across the Alaskan wilderness

    A Herd of Caribou Cross the Alaskan Tundra

    There are approximately 950,000 wild caribou in Alaska and the sight of them crossing in such large numbers has become a state of wonder for those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this fascinating journey.

    Photo courtesy of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Facebook)

  • Cool waters attract these whales to breed and birth calves

    Gray Whales Swim Through the Frigid Waters

    Gray whales migrate to Alaskan waters each year from Baja, California to breed and bring new life into the world. If you're in Alaska during the spring, you will be in luck as that's the best time of year to see Gray whales.

    Photo courtesy of Artic National Wildlife Refuge (Facebook)

  • Muskoxen roam Alaskan terrain

    Muskoxen: A Heard of Muskox

    Did you know that these Arctic mammals get their name from the musky smell the male Muskox give off? It's said that they may have survived the last ice age by finding ice-free areas, and their thick coat may have also played a role.

    Photo courtesy of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

  • Cool waters are refreshing for Brown bears

    A Brown Bear Takes a Dip

    Brown bears have been around for ages and fossils found in China indicate that they have existed for over half a million years. Just like Alaskan human residents, these bears enjoy the bounty of the rivers, salmon being an all-time favorite.

    Photo courtesy of Steve Hillebrand, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Public Domain Image

  • An Orca comes up for air

    Orcas Love the Frigid Alaskan Waters

    Humans need a dry suit to even attempt to get into these waters, but Orcas (Killer whales) thrive in these cool temperatures. It's here in these waters that they feast on their favorite meal of seals. Unless you're lucky enough to catch an Orca breaching or jumping out of the water, you will likely only see their dorsal fin. It's this fin that marine biologists use to identify each whale.

    Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Public Domain Images

  • Polar bears bring grace and awe to the Arctic

    Polar Bears: One of the Arctic's Most Beautiful Animals

    Did you know that the Polar bear is closely related to the Brown bear? There's something so majestic about these white bears that roam the Arctic, but in our changing climates, they're having a tough time surviving the warming weather with 3.9 inches of blubber insulating them.

    Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Public Domain Images

  • The Arctic Ground squirrel sleeps for more than half the year

    The Arctic Ground Squirrel is One of Nature's Phenomena

    These little guys are one of the few Arctic animals that hibernate for much of the year. They spend the summer foraging tundra plants, seeds and fruit so that they can survive the eight or so months of hibernation. While they're hibernating, their body temperature drops to as low as 26.8F. To get its temperature back up to 98F, it will spend 12 to 5 hours shivering every two or three weeks.

    Photo courtesy of USFWS Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

  • The Dall sheep proves that fancy footwork is key

    Dall Sheep Have Mastered Rugged Cliffs

    Dall sheep are quite impressive creatures for many reasons. Not only do they survive the cold Alaskan weather, but they also choose to hang out on steep slopes with incredibly rugged edges because they know that their predators cannot travel as quickly or as stealthily as they can.  

    Photo courtesy of Jon Nickles, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Public Domain Images

  • If you've ever been charged by a moose, you will know why it's referred to as a bull

    A Bull Moose Takes a Plunge

    Many people may associate moose with Canada, but these impressive mammals can be found outside of Canada, too. Males are referred to as bulls and can be identified by their large antlers, while females are called cows. Alaska's Department of Fish and Game estimated in 2011 that 200,000 of these beauties called Alaska home. Can you believe an adult moose needs to consume 9770 calories a day? That's a lot of vegetables and plants!

    Photo courtesy of Bauer, Erwin and Peggy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Public Domain Image

  • Northern Hawk owls bring beauty to the forest

    Northern Hawk Owl Chicks Blend in Their Surroundings

    You could say that the Northern Hawk owl is a bit of a homebody and doesn't like to leave the comforts of the nest, making it a non-migratory bird. Unlike their relatives, they're one of the few types of owls that aren't nocturnal. It gets its name from resembling a hawk in both its appearance and in its behavior. Despite their ages, these chicks are doing a pretty good job of blending in.

    Photo courtesy of MacDonald Eob, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Public Domain Image