Wildlife of Yel­low­stone

Wan­der the wilds of Amer­ica’s first na­tional park

World of Animals - - What's In­side - Words Kirsty Cathrine

When Western trav­ellers first ex­plored the area now known as Yel­low­stone, they re­turned with un­likely tales of bub­bling mud pools and shoot­ing steam. It turned out that their re­ports were ac­cu­rate, as Yel­low­stone does in­deed have many geo­ther­mal ar­eas, as well as other var­ied land­scapes in­clud­ing moun­tains, rivers, grass­lands and sub-alpine forests.

With such in­ter­est­ing ge­ol­ogy and also huge herds of large mam­mals, it’s not too surprising that Yel­low­stone even­tu­ally be­came the world’s first na­tional park in 1872. Most of the park is in the US state of Wy­oming, but it creeps into Mon­tana and Idaho too. It is the eighth largest of the United States’ 59 na­tional parks and hosts over 3 mil­lion tourists an­nu­ally.

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