Arctic National Wildlife Refuge photos
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska is the nation’s largest refuge at just over 19 million acres, mainly in the Alaska North Slope region. It supports a fantastic animal and plant life diversity within the six different ecozones that span its north-to-south range. Eight million of the acres are designated as “Wilderness.” All Arctic National Wildlife Refuge photos (ANWR) on this site are available to license as stock photography or purchase as fine art prints to display in your home or office.
A Unique Land
The refuge was established in 1960 to protect a fantastic diversity of habitat that is home to 37 species of land animals, eight marine mammals, including the polar bear, 42 fish species, and more than 200 migratory birds that fly from the world over to raise their young.
Accessing the Refuge
There are no roads to take you to this rugged and isolated region; therefore, most access is by plane or hiking. Many rivers flow out of the Brooks Range mountains into the coastal plains, offering water access to many paddlers, visitors, scientists, and nature enthusiasts.