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A caribou grazing in Denali National Park and Preserve. Alaska.

6. Denali National Park and Preserve. Alaska

Denali National Park and Preserve is located in Interior Alaska and contains Denali (also known as Mount McKinley), the highest mountain in North America.

The Denali habitat is a mix of forest at the lowest elevations, and the preserve is home to tundra at middle elevations, and glaciers, rock, and snow at the highest elevations.

You can imagine how this diversity lends itself to a home for countless species.

But no need to imagine.

There’s a healthy population of grizzly bears and black bears, herds of caribou roam the park, Dall sheep hoof it on the mountainsides, and moose feed on the aquatic plants of the small lakes and swamps.

Denali accommodates gray wolf dens and smaller animals, such as hoary marmots, arctic ground squirrels, beavers, pikas, and snowshoe hares, foxes, martens, lynx, wolverines … you get the picture …

Wildlife is all around.

The park is also well known for its bird and fish populations … just about any variety you could name.

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