10 Wildlife Species to Encounter in Sequoia National Park


Sequoia National Park is home to more than just giant trees. It also hosts a variety of wildlife species that live in different habitats and elevations. Here are 10 animals you can encounter in this stunning park. 

These aquatic reptiles can be found in many streams and ponds in the park, even at high altitudes. They have brown or olive shells and yellow markings on their necks and legs. 

Western Pond Turtle 


There are two species of yellow-legged frogs in the park, the mountain and the Sierra Nevada. Both are endangered due to habitat loss, disease, and invasive species.  

Yellow-Legged Frog 


Beavers are semi-aquatic rodents that build dams and lodges in the park’s waterways. They have brown fur, webbed feet, and large flat tails.  



Also known as ermine, these small predators have brown fur in the summer and white fur in the winter. They have black-tipped tails and long slender bodies.  

Short-Tailed Weasel 


There are two kinds of skunks in the park, the striped and the spotted. Both have black and white fur and can spray a foul-smelling liquid to deter predators.  



Black bears are the largest and most common mammals in the park. They have black, brown, or cinnamon fur and can weigh up to 400 pounds.  

Black Bear 


Mountain lions are the top predators in the park. They have tawny fur and long tails with black tips. They can weigh up to 200 pounds and can leap up to 40 feet.  

Mountain Lion 


Marmots are large rodents that live in the high country. They have brown fur, bushy tails, and yellow bellies. They feed on grasses, flowers, and seeds. 



Pikas are small relatives of rabbits that live in rocky areas above the tree line. They have gray-brown fur, round ears, and no tail. They feed on grasses, flowers, and lichens.  



White-tailed jack rabbits are hares that live in open areas in the park. They have brown fur in the summer and white fur in the winter.  

White-Tailed Jack Rabbit 


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