The establishment of Wind Cave National Game Preserve in 1912 brought the reintroduction of bison, elk, and pronghorn to the park. That legacy of wildlife protection continues to this day with the recent reintroduction of the black-footed ferret. Some of the park's wildlife includes:

Amphibians & Reptiles



View the YouTube video Restoring the Thunder: Bison Conservation in the Great Plains National Parks about the restoration of the American bison to the Great Plains.

Explore the Time Line of the American Bison created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Click here for more information about reintroducing wildlife to Wind Cave National Park.

Last updated: January 6, 2018

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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


(605) 745-4600

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