Nature & Wildlife

Nature & Wildlife

Denali National Park & Preserve hosts an ecological community that is as extensive and diverse as anywhere! Consisting of large areas of intact nature, vast plant communities, 39 species of mammals, 169 species of birds and even one amphibian, this subarctic wilderness has a lot to offer!

Many people flock to Denali National Park & Preserve to catch a glimpse of the various wildlife in the area. The "Big Five" are what many guests hope to spot on their trip. The Big Five are:

Dall Sheep

Dall Sheep can best be seen traveling the ledges of the Alaska range. These white sheep are known for their curled horns (males) and travel in bands. 


The Alaskan Moose is the largest of the North American moose. Moose tend to be solitary but can be seen with their calves.  

Grizzly Bear

The grizzly bear is often seen roaming the tundra. Around 350 of these bears reside in the park. 


Both female and male caribou have antlers, are brown in color with white tails. Caribou will travel in the park in herds.


The Alaskan Gray Wolf is one of the most difficult animals to see in the park with approximately 51 wolves living in the park. However you may hear a wolf even if you aren't able to see one!

With all wildlife, please remember these animals are wild and never try to approach or touch any animal. The Denali Park Tours are the best way to see these amazing creatures. 

Cornell Lab Bird Tracking

In partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, you can now get the inside scoop on which birds you might see during your next visit!

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