Famous for: Alaskan Brown Bear
The Katmai National Park & Preserve is popularly known for the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes as well as its Alaskan Brown Bear. The rich salmon population found in Katmai provides the perfect meal for these majestic Brown Bears. You will rarely see these bears in winter since they go into their den in November and only come out in April. It is not advisable to come too close to these massive animals because they are very unpredictable and they have been known to harm or kill humans when they are disturbed.
Famous for: Bison
The American Bison or American Buffalo is known as the largest land mammal in the US. They can weigh in tip the scales at over 1,800 pounds and some can even grow up to 2,000 pounds. The Yellowstone National Park is home to thousands of these bison, which almost went extinct in the early 1900's. They can be seen in different parts of the park and you can usually spot them on fields eating wheat grass.
Famous for: Crocodiles and Alligators
Florida has a tropical climate that is perfect for their most popular wildlife predators, the alligators and crocodiles. It is also the only national park in the world where both crocodiles and alligators can coexist. If you cannot tell the difference between the two species, you can always tell them apart by the size of their snouts. Narrow snouts are for the crocodiles and the broader ones are the alligators.
Famous for: White Mountain Goats
The Glacier National Park in Montana features a huge expanse of snow-capped mountains and alpine meadows. It is the perfect home for these beautiful White Mountain Goats. They can be seen in the rocky terrain of the mountains and you would be amazed that they do not slip or fall down. The best times to find these Mountain Goats are during the summer and early fall.
Famous for: Peregrine Falcons
Acadia National Park is considered as the best place for bird watching, especially if you want to see the elegant and fierce Peregrine Falcon. The park has successfully protected these falcons from near extinction and they now grow in numbers along the cliffs of the island.