Wildlife

Dall's sheep live along the high, rugged slopes of many national parks in Alaska.
Dall's sheep live along the high, rugged slopes of many national parks in Alaska.
  • Close up shot of dall's sheep

    Dall's sheep live along the high, rugged slopes of many national parks in Alaska.

  • Lone wolf padding across grassy hillside

    A healthy population of wolves live in Alaska, including the population in Denali National Park.

  • King salmon swimming in a stream

    Alaska waters are home to five species of salmon, including this king (aka chinook) salmon. photo credit: K Mueller/USFWS

  • Black oystercatcher looking about with its bright red-orange eyes and beak

    Black oystercatchers are common on the shorelines of Alaska and an indicator of environmental health.

Alaska's Wildlife

Large, unfragmented areas, little development, and relatively pristine environmental conditions make Alaska well known for its abundant wildlife. Alaska's national parks provide visitors with up close experiences of wildlife unlike anywhere else in the nation. The large tracts of land and water within the parks serve as a sanctuary for wildlife, a study area for researchers, and a place to continue traditional hunting practices for native Alaskans. Learn more by visiting the pages on this site and by planning your next visit - virtual or in-person - to an Alaska national park.

 

    Wildlife Highlights

    • a close-up of a mushroom on the forest floor.

      Glacier Bay

      Learn more about the wildlife in this marine park.
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    • A photo of a snowshoe hare in white winter coloration barely visible against the snow

      Gates of the Arctic

      Discover the animals of the Arctic.
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    • A photo of yellow fall colors and a train trellis

      Wrangell-St. Elias

      Get to know the plants of the largest national park.
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    • A photo of a wandering tattler, a shore bird, on a rock next to Lake Clark

      Lake Clark

      Get to know the residents and visitors of Lake Clark.
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Last Updated: April 9, 2014