WILDLIFE IN THE NATIONAL PARK

WILDLIFE IN THE NATIONAL PARK

On a recent hike on Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, a friend of mine saw and photographed big horn sheep right on the trail!  Ranger Pam Tripp describes some other wildlife you might see…

Bighorn sheep posing on the Ryan Mountain trail in Joshua Tree National Park on Dec.  3, 2013.   (Photo by Gary Eastin)

Bighorn sheep posing on the Ryan Mountain trail in Joshua Tree National Park on Dec. 3, 2013. (Photo by Gary Eastin)

When visiting national parks, what are you interested in doing?  A large number of visitors like to hike, camp, drive, and sightsee.  However, another group of visitors are interested in the chance to view wildlife protected within this beautiful landscape.  Wildlife ranging from reptiles and birds, to Big Horn Sheep, coyote, Bobcat or Mountain Lion, is what draws many to the wonders of the park.  The excitement of seeing a Roadrunner or a desert tortoise or other animals is something the visitor takes home as a wonderful memory.  Though much of our wildlife is born and grows within park boundaries, they also enter the park through land areas called corridors.  These corridors are important because they are fragile small areas of transition for the wildlife and need protection from human encroachment.  They allow wildlife to travel from mountainous and urban areas into the protection of the park wilderness.   For information on the wildlife of the desert, visit our website at www.nps.gov/jotr or call us at 760-367-5500.  For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, encouraging you to experience the American landscape.

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