COVID-19 Update

The Preserve is now closed to the public. 

In light of recent developments we made this difficult decision in order to prioritze the well-being of our community, our staff and our animals. 

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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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Iconic Yukon Wildlife

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)

Bus Tour + General Admission
$24 / Adult (18+)
$17 / Child (4-17)

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Open Daily
10:30am to 5:00pm
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Guided Bus Tours  Daily 

  • 12 noon
  • 2 pm
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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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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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News / Blog

Learn more about our work, our partners and Yukon’s Wildlife. Check out our latest articles on Yukon Wildlife or browse all articles here.

Bull On Encounter!

Right place right time! Animal Care Assistant, Bree Parker spends day after day diligently supporting our veterinarian Dr. Maria Hallock in caring for, feeding and ensuring the well-being of our collection of wildlife residents.  Equally as important and valuable is...

A Thinhorn Sheep’s Case for Eating your Greens

Did you know you can tell a Dall sheep's age by their horns? There are dark brown grooves on the curl of the horn of a ram that are called anulis. If you count those grooves they will tell you how old he is. Actually, those grooves will tell you how many winters he's...

Covid-19 Closure

I am sorry to announce that the Yukon Wildlife Preserve will close to the public. This closure is effective immediately. I'm expecting this closure to be at least to the end of April. We felt that staying open was no longer compatible with the current recommendations....

Roam and Reign – “Winter is Here” Caribou Edition

Here comes the king of the tundra. Being one of the few animals escaping the mass extinction of species after the last ice age, caribou are royally adapted to life in the North, which happens to be predominantly winter season! In the wild, they live all across the...

Winter Is Here!

If you read this from anywhere other than North of 60th, you may ask yourself why do we specify again that winter is here, given that it can – by now – be considered common knowledge that winters in the Yukon last up to 6 months. Well, as a distinctively local...

Cliff Hanger at Dawn!

The rising sun bathes the cliffs in the rosy hues of dawn.  In a manner I can only describe as precarious, I watch, heart in mouth, as the billy goat stands on his back feet while on a sheer cliff slope.  His front legs dangle loose in the air, all the better to...

Connecting You To Winter!

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve has seen incredible growth, especially over the last 6 of its 15 years. The Yukon is also seeing a growth in winter tourism, and locals alike wanting to get outside, explore, be active and appreciate the beauty of this territory.  In...

Gifts of the North

This time last year we released a very special limited edition hat (or toque as we Canadians like to call it). It was the product of generous Yukon businesses who care about Yukon's wildlife.  The 5 premium toques included a donation to the Preserve. They sold out in...

Pouncing Fox

A red fox streaks by on a snowy November morning.  I stop my activity, pivot and watch through the window.  While I am inside and the fox is outside, it is so close to the window of my home that I know any movement on my part will translate to sound, making this wild...

Strong Supporters – Major Donation

A small ceremony took place at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve the morning of August 19 just before families took off on the annual Run Wild event. On this sunny day, Steve Smyth and his son Andrew presented to the Preserve’s President, Alexandra Tait and Executive...

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The Yukon Wildlife Preserve is seeking volunteers to help implement physical distancing between our animals. Specifically, we are looking for individuals to help manage our muskox's complete ... See more

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Right place and right time for Animal Care Assistant, Bree! Lessons learned quickly by this young bull from his elder.

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A Thinhorn Sheep’s Case for Eating your Greens Mar 27, 2020 | Thinhorn Sheep, Uncategorized, Wildlife | 0 comments Did you know you can tell a Dall sheep’s age by their horns? There are dark ... See more

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Box 20191
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 7A2

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