Denali National Park and Preserve

One of the world’s last great frontiers

What and where
Denali National Park and Preserve is located in Alaska and stretches across an area of 24,585km2. Established as Mount McKinley National Park in 1917, the original park was designated a wilderness area and incorporated into Denali National Park and Preserve in 1980.

Why?
Denali encompasses a complete sub-arctic ecosystem with its lowlands and slopes consisting of 2 major plant associations, taiga and tundra. More than 650 species of flowering plants as well as many species of mosses, lichens, fungi, algae, and others inhabit the slopes and valleys, which remain largely unspoiled.

Large mammals such as grizzly bears, wolves, Dall sheep and moose are found here. Smaller animals, such as hoary marmots, arctic ground squirrels, beavers, pikas, and snowshoe hares are also seen in abundance. Due to constant and stringent preservation measures, it remains largely wild and is considered one of the world's last great frontiers.

The Park was designated an international biosphere reserve in 1976. It contains Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America.

The word Denali means "the great one" in the native Athabaskan language and refers to the mountain itself.

 Dall sheep (Ovis dalli).  / ©: WWF-Canon / Ronald PETOCZ
Dall sheep (Ovis dalli).
© WWF-Canon / Ronald PETOCZ

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