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Wildlife In the Smoky Mountains

July 27, 2016

We’re proud to call the Smoky Mountains our home, but we’re far from the only ones here. The area is densely populated with some of the most beautiful wildlife in the world. On your trip to the Smokies, you might see:

1. 65 species of mammals

Our warm-blooded brethren! You can spot a host of fellow mammals, including: the American Black Bear (don’t worry, biologists estimate there are only about 1,500 bears in the entire park), white-tailed deer, groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels and bats.

2. 200 varieties of birds

It’s a bird, it’s a plane — nope, it’s a bird. And holy smokes, do we have a lot of ‘em. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an important source for repopulation areas outside the park that experience declines. Did you know 85 species migrate to the area from neotropics (Middle and South America, Carribean).

3. 67 native fish species

With over 2,900 miles of streams, the area houses several native fish species including the brook trout. If you’re an angler, fishing is permitted year-round in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

4. 80 types of reptiles/amphibians

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is often called the “Salamander Capital of the World.” Due to unique climatic and geological factors, 5 families and 30 species of salamanders have developed in the area — making it one of the most diverse places in the world for this order.

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