9 Intriguing Facts About the Wildlife of Grand Canyon National Park


Grand Canyon National Park is more than just a scenic destination. It is also a habitat for many animals.

The park hosts a variety of mammals, from elk and bison to coyotes and mountain lions.

Over 90 Species of Mammals


The park has one of the highest bat diversities in the US. Some bats eat insects, fish, or nectar.

22 Species of Bats


The park is one of the few places where you can see the largest flying bird in North America. It has a wingspan of up to 10 feet.

The Endangered California Condor 


These agile animals can climb steep cliffs and survive in harsh conditions. They have horns that can weigh up to 30 pounds.

The Desert Bighorn Sheep


This nocturnal creature is not a cat, but a relative of raccoons. It has a long, striped tail and a curious personality.

The Ringtail Cat


This squirrel is also known as the tassel-eared squirrel, because of its long ear tufts. It feeds mainly on ponderosa pine cones.

The Abert’s Squirrel 


This squirrel is endemic to the Kaibab Plateau, north of the canyon. It has a black belly and a white tail.

The Kaibab Squirrel 


This snake is a subspecies of the prairie rattlesnake. It has a pinkish color that blends with the rocks.

The Grand Canyon Rattlesnake


This lizard is one of the only two venomous lizards in the world. It has a black and orange pattern and a thick tail.

The Gila Monster 


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