• The setting sun over the Flint Hills casts shadows across the wide expanse of tallgrass prairie.

    Tallgrass Prairie

    National Preserve Kansas

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  • Trails on the West Side are Closed Today

    All trails on the west side are closed today due to prescribed fire. For your safety, please obey signs and do not venture beyond closed areas. The historic ranch buildings remain open and all areas to the east of Hwy 177 are open to hiking More »

  • Reminder, Bison Are Wild Animals

    Windmill Pasture is home to the bison herd. They have been quite active in recent weeks. Please stay on the trails and use caution in their vicinity. Do not come in close contact with the bison. Allow at least 100 yards between you and the herd. More »

Animals at the Preserve

Topeka Shiner

Order Species Scientific name Status
Order Chiroptera
Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) Present
Hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) Present
Order Carnivora
Coyote (Canis latrans) Common
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) Present
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) Common
Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) Common
Long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata) Present
Least weasel (Mustela nivalis) Present
Mink (Mustela vison) Present
American badger (Taxidea taxus) Common
Raccoon (Procyon lotor) Common
Order Artiodactyla
Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) Occasional
White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Common
Order Rodentia
Woodchuck (Marmota monax) Occasional
Thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus) Common
Fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) Common
American beaver (Castor canadensis) Occasional
Plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius) Common
Hispid pocket mouse (Chaetodipus hispidus) Uncommon
Meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius) Present
House mouse (Mus musculus; introduced) Rare
Prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster) Common
Woodland vole (Microtus pinetorum) Rare
Southern bog lemming (Synaptomys cooperi) Local
Eastern woodrat (Neotoma floridana) Common
Deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) Common
White-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) Common
Western harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis) Common
Plains harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys montanus) Rare
Hispid cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus) Local
Order Lagomorpha
Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) Common
Order Didelphimorphia
Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) Common
Moles and Shrews
Order Insectivora
Elliot's short-tailed shrew (Blarina hylophaga) Common
Least shrew (Cryptotis parva) Present
Eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus) Present

Did You Know?

Flint points found at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

There is archaelogocal evidence of humans living here over 10,000 years ago. Tribes affiliated with the preserve are the Kaw, Osage, Wichita, and Pawnee.