Five Animals Indigenous to Anchorage

February 4, 2015 by  
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By Samuel Phineas Upham

Anchorage is one of the most unique places to visit on the planet. It has the night life you want from a city, with the quietness and solitude of country living. The appeal extends into the surrounding area, where it’s quite possible to have encounters with local wildlife in an up close and personal experience. Here are five animals native to the area that should be relatively easy to spot.


No trip to Alaska would be complete without a moose sighting. Moose often walk right up to people’s houses and munch on shrubbery in gardens. Alaskans might consider them a nuisance sometimes, but they are undeniably majestic.


Three species of bear inhabit the Alaskan area, and local parks have bear viewing tours you can take to find and observe them safely. Try Denali State Park to meet a brown or grizzly bear up close.


A small herd of caribou seems to inhabit the area near Kenai, but you can find them all over Denali State Park. These animals have hollow hair that insulates their body during cold temperatures. Caribou can dive into freezing waters and barely feel the temperature, and both sexes grow antlers.

Beluga Whales

Take a trip to Cook Inlet and you’re likely to see Beluga whales chasing salmon around the natural waters of Anchorage. If that doesn’t impress you enough, Orcas and Grays are visible on the cruise that departs from Whittier.


Alaska has a population of sheep, consisting mostly of lambs and young rams. As a result, it’s not hard to spot one of several wolf packs that roam the area.

About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or LinkedIn.


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