Wildlife Facts

Wildlife Facts - Did you Know?

Bald Eagle

The bald eagle was officially adopted as the U.S. national emblem on June 20, 1782.

American Beaver

The American Beaver can remain submerged under water for up to 15 minutes before surfacing for air.

Gray Wolf

The wolf is the largest member of the canine family. (Wildlife fact, not comparing to house pets!) On average, wolves stand 26 to 32 inches at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 115 pounds.

Banded Coyotes

Banded Coyotes in North America have been known to travel for up to 400 miles.

American Crocodile

American crocodiles can be distinguished from American alligators by their longer, more "V" shaped snouts vs. the alligators "U" shaped snout. Also by their lower teeth, which are visible even when the crocodile's mouth is closed.

American Bison

The American bison is the heaviest land mammal in North America.

Elk

Elk are territorial ungulates. They mark their territories by stripping the barks of seedling trees.

California Condor

The largest flying birds in North America.

Moose

Moose can swim in the water at 6 miles per hour for as much as two hours at a time.

Prairie Dog

Prairie dogs are actually short-tailed, short-legged squirrels.

Red Fox

The Red Fox is the only North American candid with a white-tipped tail.

Wildlife Facts Note

Please note that when we are sharing a fact about wildlife, we are never comparing to house pets! We are only referring to animals in the wild.

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