Fifty-three wood bison were transported from Elk Island National Park, Alberta, to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) in June, 2008.  This occasion was a milestone in bison conservation efforts as it has taken nearly 15 years to bring wood bison across the national border into Alaska. State, federal and private partners are collectively working to restore wood bison populations in their historical range within Alaska’s interior.

The SCI Foundation, SCI Kenai Peninsula Chapter, and the SCI Alaska Chapter have been central to funding the maintenance of bison while in holding in Alberta, disease testing, construction of the AWCC holding facility and hay barn, and assisting with the regulatory processes necessary to move this rare species into the United States.