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wildlife in Denali National Park
The two RV Gypsies were definitely disappointed in the small amount of wildlife they saw in Denali National Park. Ads led them to believe that they would see a lot of wildlife, but after all, it is wildlife and nothing is guaranteed. Plus the weather was unseasonably warm, as indicated by the caribou laying on the patches of ice below.
A gold-colored Grizzly Bear walking in the middle of the road
A Grizzly Bear
A Grizzly Bear
laughing clip art dudeA butt shot is better than no shot.
A Grizzly Bear
A Grizzly Bear
The Grizzly bears' heart beat drops from 70 to around 10 beats a minute when they hibernate. While asleep they recycle stored fat, carbohydrates & muscle proteins that allow them to survive without eating or drinking for months. In Denali, 80% of a bear's diet is plant food. Bears are omnivores & will eat anything.
Caribou - do you know the difference between caribou and a reindeer?
They are the same animal, but caribou are wild, reindeer are tame.
Caribou
Caribou on ice
It is summer, and the caribou are shedding
Caribou grazing
Caribou being attacked by flies
Can't let the caribou feel left out, so here's butt shots of the caribou too - -LOL-
Caribou butt shot
Caribou
Caribou have large hooves that keep them above snow in the winter. They forage for lichens by pawing through the snow on open tundra.
Caribou entering the woods
Caribou grazing
Caribou
RED FOX
red fox
red fox
Foxes are predators with large parts of their brain dedicated to sorting out smells. They are quick & patient.
red fox
red fox
The two RV Gypsies also saw a black fox, and Lee filmed it on video. Karen did not get a photo though.
And the most popular wildlife in Alaska - the MOOSE
moose
moose
moose
moose
moose
moose

The bull moose on the left and mom and baby on right. They are hard to see in the photos because they are far away and the photo was taken from the moving bus.

bull moose
mom and baby moose
moose running
Red Squirrel in a tree top
Artic Ground Squirrel in tree
Artic Ground Squirrel in tree
Arctic Ground Squirrels
Arctic Ground Squirrels hide from predators in holes.
Artic Ground Squirrel
Artic Ground Squirrel
the black speck by the squirrel is a bug flying  
Artic Ground Squirrel  and bug
Artic Ground Squirrel  eating
Artic Ground Squirrel  resting
Artic Ground Squirrel
Artic Ground Squirrel
Artic Ground Squirrel
BIRDS
Alaska's state bird - Willow Ptarmigan - it turns white in the winter to hide from predators. The town of Chicken Alaska wanted to name their town Ptarmigan but could not spell it, so it named the town Chicken instead. The two RV Gypsies visited Chicken upon first entering Alaska. It was a very small town.
Willow Ptarmigan
Willow Ptarmigan
bird
segull
There were bald eagles in Denali, but Karen did not photograph any. For photos of bald eagles, golden eagles and more, visit the pages on Homer & Anchor Point, Alaska on this website by using the Alaska button above.
white swan
bird flying
Snowshoe Hares
The two RV Gypsies saw lots of snowshoe hares in Denali National Park, and on other tours, but were unable to capture a single photograph of the snowshoe hare. They are brown in summer and turn white in the winter and stand very still because they are the bottom of the food chain. Yet they didn't stand still for a photo. Snowshoe hares are bigger than cottontails. They have big, furry paws.

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July 2 - 6, 2009

You may visit these nine (9) sites in any order you choose.
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Travel, Mt. McKinley & an igloo

Denali National Park

Wildlife in Denali Nat'l Park

Entering Denali, the campground,
Jeff King's Husky Homestead, and more

panning for gold at Kantishna

sled dogs in training

dirty ATV backcountry tour

backcountry Jeep Safari

horse-drawn covered-wagon ride

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