The creation of Yellowstone National Park was the first of all national parks in the world. It was created to preserve a beautiful section of America for future generations to be able to see it for themselves. Teddy Roosevelt’s main mission was to preserve the lands as if it were untouched by humans, the way it looked thousands of years ago. Many times while walking through the park I heard numerous guests say, “This place looks like Africa” or “I feel like I’m on an African Safari”- direct quote from myself. By this, you can tell that mission was accomplished.
Just like Africa’s big 5, Yellowstone has its own big 5 that are typically visible to the guests year round: the famous bison, grizzly bears, wolves, elk, and big horned sheep. There were only two animals that I didn’t have the chance of seeings, of which I felt would have completed my trip: moose- which I waited hours at a lake for, and beavers- I saw a beaver dam on the outskirts of the park, but no beavers! Of course there are many other species of wildlife that call Yellowstone home. Some of those include the skunk, racoon, weasels, otters, badgers, lynx, cougars, black bears, mink, marten (incredibly adorable- please google), mountain goats, wolverines, bats, rabbits, pika, shrews, chipmunks, gophers, squirrels, porcupine, moles, muskrats….. And those are just the mammals.
THE GRIZZLY BEARS
THE BIG HORNED SHEEP
To say Yellowstone’s wildlife is incredible is almost an understatement. I was not expecting to be bombarded by wildlife everywhere I went. But I sure am grateful for it! It’s great to see animals thriving in the extensively developed United States. Habitat loss is the number one downfall of most endangered species around the world. There are so many ways to help- like buying old homes and not building new, by being aware of the products you buy- are they substantially sourced, and the easiest is by using reusable items- as easy as ceramic plates vs paper plates. You (just one individual) can make a serious impact on the world- and most likely other people around you!
- Bring binoculars or a spotting scope for better wildlife viewing
- Always keep a safe distance from wildlife and never touch them
- Lamar Valley is best for finding wolves
- Hayden Valley is best for finding bison
- Wildlife is most active in the early morning and early evening
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