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Lizards and Trout and Bear, Oh My!

(Image: Jackson Hole Grand Expeditions)

We’ve shared many, many wildlife pictures from a great many individuals and groups—especially our area’s safari guides, like Jackson Hole EcoTour AdventuresJackson Hole Grand ExpeditionsThe Hole Hiking Experience, Inc.Teton Wild Custom Wildlife ToursGaperGuide Inc., and others. There’s an unending supply for you to indulge your nature loving.

How many different kinds of wildlife reside in Grand Teton National Park? Grand Teton National Park Services provides answers for us. GTNP is part of the Greater #Yellowstone Inventory and Monitoring Network, which provides planning and consistent oversight for maintaining our parks’ health. Besides #GTNP and Yellowstone, this network also includes the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Highway and the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Mammals. There are 61 different species that climb, swim, run, glide, and fly in the park’s four eco-communities: alpine, forest, sagebrush flats, and wetlands. Moose, elk, deer, pronghorn, bison, grizzly and black bears, wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, squirrels, chipmunks, badgers, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, martens, marmots, weasels, wolverines, rabbits, muskrat, beaver, river otters, and bats, are some of those residents.

Reptiles. While there is wide variety of mammals here, there are only 4 species of reptiles: the wandering garter snake, the valley garter snake, the rubber boa snake, and the northern sagebrush lizard. None of them are venomous. There may be others, and ecologists are on the constant look-out for new sightings.

Birds. With their comings-&-goings, there are many species that reside in and visit the Hole, so it’s tough to lock down a specific figure. But it’s LOTS! From North America’s smallest bird, the calliope hummingbird, to North America’s largest waterfowl, the trumpeter swan, to our nation’s symbol, the bald eagle, there are enough kinds to please any enthusiastic ornithologist. Cranes, owls, grouse, osprey, what’s your pleasure?! Keep in mind the Teton Raptor Center, where you can get an in-depth education of a variety of birds!

Fish. GTNP is world-renowend for its fishing, and tens of thousands of sportsmen journey to the Hole at some point during the year to get some great fishing in. There are plenty of guide and lodging services available here, such as: Fish the Fly Guide ServiceGrand Teton Fly FishingGrand Fishing Adventures, Teton Troutfitters, and Snake River Angler & Scenic Float Trips. There are over a dozen native species in the park’s waters, and as many non-native ones; for example, of the area’s five trout species, only the Yellowstone cutthroat is native. Suckers, whitefish, chubs, sculpin, and dace, round out the other natives.

Amphibians. GTNP has 6 species: spotted frogs, boreal chorus frogs, boreal toads, tiger salamanders, northern leopard frogs (possibly extinct in the area) and bullfrogs. Amphibians may be the best indicators to diagnose an ecosystem’s health, as they’re the most sensitive to environmental changes thanks to their dual water-land life cycles.

Insects. Numbering over 10,000 species, they are the most dominant form of animal life at the Park. Yes, you’ll find the mosquitoes and ants, but you’ll also find plenty of butterflies and bees among the lot.

#GrandTetonNationalPark is a hot-spot for wildlife enthusiasts! Come see for yourself!!!

Must-See Destination #10: The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Folks, this place is awesome! You’re going to love it!

A two-and-a-half hour drive north of Jackson Hole will bring you to West Yellowstone, Montana, and the impressive Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.

It’s a not-for-profit wildlife park and education facility which opened in 1993. The Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The Center has a number of exhibitions that look at grizzlies, wolves, ground squirrels, and birds of prey. It is currently working on a Riparian Habitat exhibition to include river otters, cutthroat trout, boreal toads, and American dippers. A new habitat in the works will feature river rapids.

The animals the Center keeps were orphans, born in captivity, or urban nuisance animals threatened with death.

 

What the Center does to care for the animals and what it teaches the public are cutting-edge and absolutely worth a visit!

It’s open 365 days a year with admission good for two consecutive days!

 

Check it out at Grizzly Discovery 

 

 


Images from the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center