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Snow Sheep or Dall's Sheep (Ovis nivicola borealis), Denali National Park, Alaska
The snow sheep inhabit Arctic mountainous areas, e.g. in the northeast of Siberia the Putoran mountains. The snow sheep in North America, here watched in the Denali National Park, is also called Dall's Sheep, and some zoologists consider it an own subspecies. -
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.