Kids Sprint Like Pronghorns at Wildlife Olympics
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Kids Sprint Like Pronghorns at Yellowstone’s Wildlife Olympics
A wolf can eat 20 pounds of food in one sitting. That’s like a human eating 80 quarter-pound hamburgers for one meal! A pronghorn can sprint 25 yards in under one second, and a grizzly bear can smell a carcass from two miles away!
These are a handful of facts learned by kids of all ages at the Yellowstone Junior Ranger Wildlife Olympics, being held throughout the summer season at Mammoth Hot Springs, Canyon and Old Faithful Visitor Education Centers.
This is the second year the park has hosted the Wildlife Olympics, which features 12 fun activities for kids and their families to participate in with a park ranger and learn about Yellowstone’s wildlife. Activities include leaping like a snowshoe hare, jumping like a mountain lion, holding one’s breath like a beaver, not blinking like an owl, and standing on one leg like a great blue heron.
The 20 scheduled events began June 7 and will run from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at alternating locations through August 12. Check the park newspaper for scheduled event times and locations, or call the Albright Visitor Center at (307) 344-2263. For other activities for kids, visit www.nps.gov/yell and click on the "For Kids" link on the left.
PRODUCERS/EDITORS NOTE: Media interested in attending a Wildlife Olympics event can call the Yellowstone Public Affairs at (307) 344-2015.
Did You Know?
Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.