Winter At the Alaska Zoo

This article originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on December 12, 2016 Step through the gates of the Alaska Zoo on a snowy day and you might be surprised at the level of activity among the residents. Ember, a red fox, likes to jump in snow piled up by accommodating keepers. The otter clan slips and […]

Vote For Animal President at The Alaska Zoo!

                                  Attention, Alaska Zoo guests, friends, and fellow animal-lovers! It is campaign season, and voting is early, often, and heavy as The Alaska Zoo works to elect a new president. Who will it be, you ask? Competition is going […]

Alaska Back-to-School Travel Wins

Back-to-school in Alaska means several things to 49th state families: Days are getting shorter Weather is growing cooler Travel is easier Wait, did I just say “easier”? Indeed. Easier because the nearly two million visitors have made their way home and the resulting lack of crowds is pleasing to those who struggle to take advantage […]

Valentine’s Day in Anchorage: Family fun events to get the crew outside

As February chugs along in Anchorage, delivering hardly anything in the way of wintery weather, the thought of another dreary Saturday NOT skiing, sledding, or snowshoeing could fill families with dread. But not this Saturday. Or Sunday, either. It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, a two-day stretch of pink, red, and all the glittery goodness that comes […]

The Alaska Zoo is Hosting a Polar Bear Party!

Ahpun and Lyutyik, perhaps the two most famous residents of the Alaska Zoo, are having a birthday party this Saturday. Cake? They’ll have cake, albeit an icy one. The birthday song? Check. Party hats? Sure. An annual event for the polar bears and those who love them, the Alaska Zoo’s polar bear bash is taking […]

Four Reasons to Visit the Alaska Zoo This Winter

It may have been muddy, damp, and a bit chilly, but no one cared. The brown bear cubs wrassled around their play structure, playfully bawling as they cuffed each other. The musk ox male stood his ground and refused to yield to some red-jacketed journalist who thought his grunts and growls were funny. A porcupine […]

Stay Safe and Confident in Alaska’s Bear Country With These Tips

Alaska’s bears are up and about and looking to go about their business, and that means eating, sleeping, and rearing young. With only a few short months to pack on pounds lost during hibernation and raise the kids to a satisfactory level of independence, a bear has a lot on his or her mind. The […]

Alaska Mother’s Day Treats: Take mom outdoors this summer

It might be a drizzly Friday around Alaska, but preparations are underway for a beautiful weekend of Mother’s Day shenanigans. If you missed AKontheGO’s Family Fun Calendar on KTVA 11 Daybreak this week (snoozing, perhaps?), don’t worry, the complete list, plus a few extras, are right here. Whew. Mother’s Day weekend is typically when Alaska […]

Alaska Zoo Events in March

The Alaska Zoo has long been a resource for animal education in the Anchorage area, with an overarching theme of conservation and protection of species that reside in the circumpolar north. It’s the only zoo in Alaska, too, drawing thousands of visitors annually, thanks to a year-round opportunity to view a wide variety of creatures […]

A Prickly Joke for Kids: Porcupines!

My own AK Kid reminded me this morning that it had been quite some time since I provided a joke for the Kids’ Corner, and of course he was right. Young people, here’s a question in honor of Valentine’s Day and the month of February: Q: What noise do porcupines make when they kiss? A: […]

KTVA 11 Daybreak: Family Fun in October

*Thank you all for the care and concern generated by yesterday’s Facebook debacle. The offers of coffee, wine, and simple walk-bys of Facebook HQ were delightful, and I appreciate my readers one and all. Things appear to be working normally today, in fact, better than normal, so who knows what the FB bots did to […]