YWP to Re-open

The Preserve will re-open Monday June 1st, 2020

The Preserve is taking a phased approach to opening. We’ll be starting with more limited services. Find out more about what you can expect when you visit.

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We care for Yukon’s injured and orphaned wildlife to give them a second chance at life. Your gift will help us give them the best possible veterinary care – and get them back on their feet or wings!

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Experience Yukon wildlife in their element. Find 12 iconic species in large natural habitats. Walk the 5km loop or join a guided bus tour.

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Experience 12+ iconic Yukon species in large natural landscapes. Find out more about the our wildlife.

Getting There

Km 8 / Mile 5
Takhini Hot Springs Road
We are located a 30 minute drive from Whitehorse
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General Admission
$16 / Adult (18+)
$9 / Child (4-17)
$0 / Infant (0-3)

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Bus Tour + General Admission
$24 / Adult (18+)

$17 / Child (4-17)

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10:30am to 5:30pm
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Experience Yukon Wildlife

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Experience 12+ iconic Yukon species in large natural landscapes over 350 acres.
Explore the 5km / 3mi (350 acre ) loop on foot or join a guided bus tour.
Open year around so you can experience Yukon wildlife in their element.
Play outside like the good old days with summer Nature Camps and educational programming for schools and groups.

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YWP to Reopen

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve re-opens to the public Monday June 1st, 2020. The Preserve closed March 23rd, 2020 for the safety and wellbeing of our animals, staff and visitors. The Preserve will be open daily from 10:30am to 5:30pm with modified services. As a large...

Cute But Tough – The Arctic Fox

6 minute read – “Winter Is Here” series continues with a species well suited to cold conditions - Arctic Fox!   The Arctic Fox is super cute, we all agree, but don’t be fooled by its appearance, this is one tough cookie! Often referred to by scientists as...

Doctor visit: Mountain Goats!

8 min read -  During daily rounds to check on the health of the residents, Animal Care staff notice that the eldest male goat, Geronimo, appears to have a cracked hoof. Staff veterinarian Dr. Maria Hallock is concerned he may have cracked it close to the blood supply....

Mother’s Day Tribute

1.5 Min Video -  Whether we are human or a furry animal, we can’t do it without our Mothers! They nurture and care for us, setting us on the path to a healthy and successful life.  Join us in this tribute to mothers everywhere, of all shapes and sizes. Maybe you were...

First Baby of Spring!

1.5 Min Video -  Spring is for babies!  Our first baby of 2020 is a Wood Bison, born Sunday, May 3.  Executive Director, Jake, was in the right place at the right time with a spotting scope and camera to share this footage of the bison calf within its first hour of...

Wildlife Q&A

5 Min Video -  We love finding out what makes kids curious!  We asked kids to send us their video questions about the Preserve and Yukon’s wildlife.  Watch the video to hear YWP staff answer: Do Caribou go in big groups?  And if they do, how big of groups do they go...

Wild Spring Adventure!

6 minute read (and/or) watch the video!Spring is the sign of new life! It’s the circle of life intertwined and flourishing from increased sunlight. It’s a time of birds migrating. Some, like swans, stop only a short time on their way to nesting grounds further north;...

Wandering Wood Bison

7 minute read - "Winter Is Here" series continues with the true behemoth of the north - Wood Bison!  At first glance, the Wood Bison (Bison bison athabascae) seems to be ill-suited to live in the far North.  Especially when we think about its Southern cousin, the...

Bison are BIG Eaters

3 min Video The Preserve's Wood Bison herd eats a lot of food! They're fed pellets and hay on a regular basis, but in summer they also graze through their38 acre habitat. Animal Care Staff feed the Bison two buckets of pellets every day once a day. Bison can run...

COVID Reponse

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve remains temporarily closed. But our team is hard at work providing top quality food and care to our 200+ animals. Without visitors to offset our ongoing costs of the daily care and feeding of these animals, your support is more critical now...

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Jess Pizzol
Jess Pizzol
00:55 09 Dec 19
Very knowledgeable and friendly staff, I highly recommend taking the guided bus tour as it gives you the opportunity to learn from the guide about the history of the preserve and about the animals.
Jeremy T
Jeremy T
12:18 24 Oct 19
If you like taking pictures this place won't disappoint. Lots of photo ops to be had. The animals all appear healthy and the enclosures are huge. Staff were super friendly and helpful. Makes for a nice walk. A definite experience not to miss if visiting Whitehorse and surrounds.
Sridhar Chilimuri
Sridhar Chilimuri
13:40 11 Oct 19
It is in my opinion a glorified zoo with a beautiful location. The animals are all fenced in with limited space to move. The animals looked healthy and well managed. It takes about an hour or so to view them. You can walk, easy hike,or take a bus tour with a guide. I recommend the walk unless you have difficulty walking. The bus does stop and all animals are easily visible. If you do want to see such a wide variety in a small space this would be a place to go. Adequate parking - not much of food - some soft drinks. Easy drive from White Horse.
Kimberly Jakeman
Kimberly Jakeman
16:35 09 Sep 19
Great place to get a look at some of the beautiful animals. We were very lucky to be able to see each animal which is not always the case. The guide was great and very knowledgeable. They have a bus route where you can jump on and off to see the animals close up or you can do a walking tour. Well worth the visit
Ginger Dean
Ginger Dean
06:30 30 Jun 19
Really great way to see some animals in their natural habitat. It's also educational and they have information about each animal that is found native in that area. There's some beautiful views. When I went, I had the pleasure of seeing sheep, goats, mouse, bison, foxes, and elk. There were also babies and one of the elk was in the process of giving birth. Cool stuff! You can tell the animals are well cared for.
Eleanor Scott
Eleanor Scott
18:02 10 Mar 19
We enjoyed the guided bus tour on a sunny clear afternoon. We were lucky enought to get a good look of all the animals in the care of the preserve including the shy lynx, arctic and red foxes and Musk Ox. The driver/interpreter was knowledgeable and well paced. A great excursion if you are in the area
Valerie Yuen
Valerie Yuen
21:22 07 Mar 19
We had a great time at the wildlife preserve. Overall was a 5km walk to check out many wild animals. We saw some bison, moose, deer, elk... and arctic fox!! We spent almost 2 hours walking and taking our time on a clear sunny day. Would definitely come back.
Ethan Clarke
Ethan Clarke
01:06 03 Mar 19
Interesting selection of local animals. Could use some enclosures to protect the humans from the wind. Come well dressed!
Elizabeth Carette
Elizabeth Carette
06:36 11 Feb 19
I absolutely love the Yukon Wildlife Preserve! A great opportunity to see wildlife up close and a nice 5km walk around in all seasons. Staff are friendly and knowledgable and the cost is very reasonable, especially if you buy a season's pass. All in all a great place to spend a few hours!
Caitlyn MacMaster
Caitlyn MacMaster
00:56 12 Nov 18
Lots of interesting wildlife. Informative signs - even better if you do the bus tour, as the staff are very knowledgeable and have great stories about the animals. See elk, bison, mule deer, moose, sheep, mountain goats, caribou, lynx, foxes, and muskoxen! Beautiful scenery, too! If you're local, definitely worth the annual pass. Good value!
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Quick Facts


Yukon Wildlife Preserve Operating Society (YWPOS) is a registered charity and not-for-profit society. We are located on the Takhini Hot Springs Corridor just outside Whitehorse, Yukon and open year around.


animals over 350 acres


iconic Yukon species in large natural habitats



Home to Yukon’s only Wildlife Rehabilitation  facility


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Whitehorse, Yukon
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