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Uploaded on Saturday 19 Jan 2013 by Peter Prokosch

Arctic Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus parryii), Denali National Park, Alaska

Year: 2013
From collection: Arctic Biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
The Arctic ground squirrel is a species of ground squirrel native to the Arctic. It is one of the wildlife easily observed by visitors to the Denali National Park. -The Denali National Park is located in Interior Alaska and contains Denali (Mount McKinley), with 6,194 m the highest mountain in North America. The national park and preserve is over 24,500 km², of which 19,120 km² are federally owned. The national preserve is 5,430 km², of which 5,278 km² are federally owned. On December 2, 1980, a 8,687 km² Denali Wilderness was established within the park. Denali habitat is a mix of forest at the lowest elevations, including deciduous taiga. The preserve is also home to tundra at middle elevations, and glaciers, rock, and snow at the highest elevations. The longest glacier is the Kahiltna Glacier. Today, the park hosts more than 400,000 visitors who enjoy wildlife viewing, mountaineering, and backpacking.
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