More than 330 vertebrate terrestrial species are documented to habitat the park; over half of these are birds, including wild turkey, wood duck, northern bobwhite, red-tailed hawk, a pair of nesting bald eagles, and numerous songbirds like the wood thrush, field sparrow, Kentucky warbler, and Baltimore oriole. Mammals account for 55 known species, including white-tailed deer, red fox, raccoon, nine-banded armadillo, coyote, and the endangered Gray bat. In addition, at least 50 species of fish inhabit an intact aquatic eco-system on the plateau, and more than 50 species of reptiles and amphibians, plus hundreds of insects and other invertebrate species reside within park boundaries.
Did You Know?
Famous author Ambrose Bierce served in the 9th Indiana Infantry at Shiloh. His regiment arrived with Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio, and saw heavy action on the second day of battle. The soldier-turned writer left a vivid account of his exploits in the battle.