On June 24, we awoke at 5:30 to catch the Chenega Ferry from Cordova back across Prince William Sound to Whittier. Clouds and fog obscured the sun; the high-speed ferry rocked some as we made the more than three-hour crossing. we disembarked amid the cold, rainy day and headed to the tunnel and our northward drive to Anchorage.
One unplanned stop during our Alaskan travels took us to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Here, moose, musk ox, wood bison, elk, caribou,lynx, eagles and black bears that, through injuries, cannot survive in the wild. These animals receive care in this controlled environment.
Welcome to the small herd of caribou above that, once domesticated, are referred to as reindeer!
Here’s one of the wood bison the Conservation Center hopes to build into a herd.
Without fear of predators, this moose can relax and enjoy the grass.
Cuddled up in a ball, this lynx can also heal and receive food in the safety provided here.
And after seeing such attempts to conserve the wildlife, we rode in quiet, lost in our thoughts about this amazing place and our privilege to see it!