Wind Cave National Park is a small national park comprised of a mere 28,294 acres. Small as it is there is a remarkable variety of wildlife here and being able watch these animals in their natural habitats is an amazing experience. Because of the diverse wildlife in the park, one of the more common questions asked by visitors is "where are the animals?" The answer to that simple question can sometimes be very complicated.
All creatures depend on a particular habitat and once you understand their needs it becomes easier to find specific animals. Most of the park's habitat is prairie, however not all prairies are the same. Wind Cave National Park is located in an area called an ecotone. This is a place where two or more ecosystems meet.
Here the eastern tall grass prairie meets the western short grass prairie. It is also where the mountains meet the plains. So we find a diverse mixture of habitats. Within the park are ponderosa pine/aspen forests, riparian woodlands, and a mixed-grass prairie combined with other distinct plant communities.