Surrounded by urban areas, Cuyahoga Valley National Park's 33,000 acres contain forest, field, river, and wetland habitats that offer food, water, shelter, and open space to wild animals. The park's fragmented configuration and land use history have a strong effect on the types of wildlife found here.

The recovery of the lower Cuyahoga River over the past several decades is not only evident in the improvement in the aquatic assemblages that inhabit the river water, but in the terrestrial wildlife associated with the riparian habitat of the river corridor. Efforts to improve water quality and preserve wetlands have transformed a once heavily polluted river into an attractive place for wildlife.

A tall, white egret lands on a log with its wings extended. Behind it, wetland plants are blurry.


Cuyahoga Valley National Park's diverse landscape provides habitat for about 250 species of birds.

A brown coyote with its side left side profile stands out against the snowy field.


The comparative wilderness of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in a sea of urbanity provides a refuge to many mammals.

An orange and black butterfly with its wings open, lands on a think stemmed green plant with leaves.


Insects are vital to the complex cycle of life, Whirling, buzzing, singing, chewing, vibrating with energy, they are all around us.

Portrait of a turtle half pulled into shell. It has a yellow head with black patches and a red eye.


Twenty species of reptiles are found in national park: 11 snakes, 8 turtles, and 1 skink.

A yellow spotted salamander with purple-grey skin sits in a shallow pool of water with leaves.


An early study identified nine species of salamanders, eight species of frogs, and one toad in CVNP.


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Last updated: September 12, 2021

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