An elevation difference of approximately 13,000 feet creates a variety of habitats and life zones in Mount Rainier that remain protected. You'll likely see different animals at each life zone change. This diversity provides for a broad assortment of invertebrates, mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles. There are also many species of slime mold, which exhibit characteristics of both animals and fungi!
Learn more about wildlife safety when dealing with potentially dangerous large mammals like bear and mountain lions. Also, to help protect yourself as well as protect the health of wild animals, please do not feed them. Instead, Keep Wildlife Wild.
Help us track species in Mount Rainier National Park!
A fundamental responsibility of the National Park Service is to understand and protect the variety of life the parks support. Park managers and scientists need basic information on species occurring in parks. Park visitors, too, want to know about the plants and animals they may see when they come to the park. You can contribute to our knowledge of park wildlife by reporting your observations of any bird, mammal, amphibian, reptile, fish, bees, bugs, butterflies or other invertebrate to our online database, which includes a feature to upload photos.
All photo verified records reported to the Mount Rainier wildlife observations database will be uploaded to NPSpecies. Prior to visiting the park, visitors can download species lists for the park from NPSpecies.
You can also report observations of any living thing observed in the park, at home, or when you travel using iNaturalist, eBird, and eMammal.
Last updated: January 11, 2021