With nearly 3 million acres of subarctic tundra, lava flows, mountains, rivers, and lakes, it should come as no surprise that Bering Land Bridge National Preserve is home to some of the most unique and ancient species on the planet. Here you can hike within view of herds of muskox that once roamed the tundra with woolly mammoths, or observe caribou whose ancestors arrived in the Americas some 65 million years ago.
Despite living in such a hostile environment, the animals that survive today were born for the arctic. Because of its location, Bering Land Bridge hosts many Asiatic and migratory birds, fish, and mammals well-adapted to thrive in a land of extremes. Many will stay all winter long, some going into hibernation, others shedding their fur or feathers for thicker and better camouflaged coats, and still others will weather the sub-zero temperatures by banding together in herds or solitarily burrowing deep underground.
Did You Know?
Muskox were once extinct on the Alaskan Seward Peninsula, but were reintroduced in 1970. They are now thriving on the Peninsula, even in the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.