Sunday 6 September 2015

Yellowstone National Park

I love wildlife and I would love to visit the National Parks of the United States. Specially the Yellowstone, maybe for being the oldest national park of the world. I also find the American Bison a fascinating animal!

Upper Geyser Basin
This postcard was sent by Kate

Yellowstone National Park is a national park located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone, widely held to be the first national park in the world, is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park. It has many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is most abundant. - in: wikipedia

American Bison in the Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is widely considered to be the finest megafauna wildlife habitat in the lower 48 states. There are almost 60 species of mammals in the park, including the gray wolf, the threatened lynx, and grizzly bears. Other large mammals include the bison (often referred to as buffalo), black bearelkmoosemule deerwhite-tailed deermountain goatpronghornbighorn sheep, and mountain lion.

American Bison in the Yellowstone National Park 

Bison are the largest grazing mammals in Yellowstone National Park. They are obligate herbivores, a grazer of grasslands and sedges in the meadows, the foothills, and even the high-elevation, forested plateaus of Yellowstone. Bison males, called bulls, can weigh upwards of 1,800 pounds. Females (cows) average about 1,300 pounds. Both stand approximately six feet tall at the shoulder, and can move with surprising speed to defend their young or when approached too closely by people. - in: wikipedia

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