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Animals in Manitoba

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Welcome to Animals in Manitoba.

In Manitoba, Canada one can find a large number of animals like different birds, mammals, reptiles, rodents etc due to its large diversity in wild animals; Manitoba plays a very vital role in managing the ecosystem. There are various parklands in Manitoba, boreal forest as well as tundra regions. There are approximately 89 spices of mammals live in Manitoba ecosystems and apart from mammals there is large number of reptiles, wolves, foxes, birds. 

Manitoba, Winnipeg

Polar bear is the top most animals in Manitoba wildlife but there are different other animals which are found in this region and has a point of attraction for visitors and tourist. During the summer season, number of beluga whales can found near the Hudson Bay and can be seen very closely with belugas swimming.  Apart from polar bear and beluga whales, there are two national parts and 92 provincial parks which is known as home for black bears, wolves, moose, number of birds, beavers etc.

Click below to jump to any of the various animals in Manitoba:

Polar Bear

Beluga Whale

Beaver

Arctic Fox

Bison

Red Sided Garter Snake

Grey Owl

Moose

Lynx

Porcupine

Polar Bear

Canada Polar bear animals in Manitoba

Polar Bears are one of the top most animals found in Manitoba. Which is the main point of attraction for tourists and visitors.  Churchill is used to see Polar bear during his trips. Polar bear safaris have been done during the autumn season. As in autumn season they are not actively hunting for food and can be easily spot during the safari time.

Polar bears are marine mammals as they spend most of their time (months) at sea.  These are confides as the powerful mammal because of their large limbs and big feet’s which allow the travel and covers kilometres and run on land. They are carnivorous member of bear family. They usual eat seal and pusa hispida. Polar bears generally hunt for seals near the arctic region as arctic region is considers as the homes for seals, seals generally live  near these regions, they live in surface of ice holes and when they come out of the wholes to breathe, polar bear catch them for their food. So basically polar bears hunt on ice, water they don’t like to hunt for their food on land or in open water.

Places to find Polar Bears in Manitoba

Generally polar bears are found in the month of July to November as they come across the sea shores because in summers season ice starts to melt. So in July to November month tourists and visitors can easily see polar bears near to see shore along with other animals in Manitoba. 

Polar bears are found in Assiniboine Park Zoo where Journey to Churchill is very famous; Churchill is a vehicle which is used for polar bear safari. With this, one can see polar bear swimming, underwater view of polar bear living. 

Beluga Whale

beluga whale dive

Beluga whales are the second most attractive animals found in Manitoba region. They are very social in nature that can easily approach to humans while passing through the water. They are very friendly mammals who are curious, playful and intelligent in nature. 

They have the ability to whistle songs, chirping and even some time they can mimic human sounds as well.  Talking about the life of beluga whales, they generally prefer to travel in groups like humans, around a group of ten whales or even hundred or thousand in summer season.

They have gestation period of approx. 14 months so they generally breeds in spring seasons and take a year for babies and half during the late summer season. In the mid of June month they start migrating so this is the best time to see them. They generally eats all aquatic animals like octopus, crabs, snails, squids, shrimps etc. and can also eat fist.

Places to find Beluga Whales in Manitoba

Beluga whale generally found at Churchill river from June to September month. During this period near around 3000 whales visit Churchill river and approx. 60000 whales comes at Hudson Bay during these months so visitors and tourists can easily spot beluga whale in these months. 

Apart from these, they can be found with Beluga Whale Dream Tour or Ultimate Artic Summer Adventure. They can also be found at northern rives like Seal River as they found warm water in this river. 

Beaver

beaver: animals in Manitoba

Beavers are one of the most common animals found in Manitoba region or in every part of Canada. In earlier days people used to trade for inner fur of beaver but now a day such trades are banned. 

Peoples used to create hats using beaver fur as they are very good in quality. Beavers can swim in water; they have long tail which helps them in swimming. When they found any danger around them they use their tail to slap in water and to warn other family members from the danger.

They have large teeth’s which helps them to chew wood under the water and no water will come in their moths when they chew food under the water. Their teeth can wear down when they use it for cutting woods but they never stop growing. Beavers lives in dams in water and they use woods to make those dams. They generally made these dams near the river or streams or where they find some water. They live with their families in dams and protect them from predators found amongst animals in Manitoba. 

Places to find Beavers in Manitoba

Beavers can be found near to any lake, river, ponds or where there is water. So there is no such specific place or park where one can find beaver as they are found very commonly in Manitoba region. Easily found near Churchill River, Seal River.

Arctic Fox

artic fox

Artic foxes are small in size but they look like similar to large cats. They are one of the smallest wild canid species found in Manitoba region. They are approx. 75-115 cm long in size. They seem to be long in length due to their long bushy tail. 

Arctic foxes are grey or brown in colour with a light colour belly during the summer season and during the winter season their fur become white. This change in colour gives them a support as it’s very hard for other animals to determine them and they are safe from hunt. This is not the only thing, because of their short legs, small round ears helps in fighting from the cold in winter season as major part is covered with fur and may lead to heat loss.

Arctic foxes hunts for their food or can live on dead animals (scavenger). They use their sense of smell in finding their food under the snow or other areas. They can bear temperature up to -50 degree Celsius and their body structure helps them to keep warn in this temperature.

Places to find Arctic Foxes in Manitoba

Arctic foxes can be found in Ellesmere Island which is the north region. They found near the northern parts of Arctic in Manitoba, Canada. They are generally seen where seals and polar bear are, among other animals in Manitoba.

Bison

Bison animals in manitoba

Bison is one of the largest mammals found in Manitoba. Bison plays a very vital role in the history of Manitoba. They are shield on Manitoba Coat of Arms, their province flag. In earlier time people of North America uses Bison for sustaining their livelihood like for food, fur trade, clothing and fuel.

Generally there are two species of bison found in Manitoba; one is plain bison who has shaggy capes and big heads. Another one is wood bison; those have humps shoulders and triangular heads. They are around 7725kg in weight (approx. 2000 pounds) and they can run fast with a speed of 55km per hour. Talking about their life span, they can live up to an age of 20 years.

Plain bison and wood bison both eat grass and sedges. Plan bison mainly eats grass during all season (summers and winters) and wood bison has different diet like they can eat lichen, woods and even sedges food in winter season. Both species mainly eats grass in their diet and their broad front teeth helped them in now the grass. Like other ruminants animals they also have four division of stomach which helps them to digest their food.

Places to find Bison in Manitoba

Bison found in Riding Mountain National Park. This park is one of the famous spot for bison animals in Manitoba. They can also found in core range of central North American.

During calving season, FortWhyte organise one hour bison safari in minibus of visitor and tourists. In July to mid of September month they can be found more in these regions.

Red Sided Garter Snake

red sided garter snake animals in manitoba

In Manitoba there are around 5 species of snakes but this red sided garter snake is one of the most attractive snakes in this region. This snake found in the Manitoba Interlake region. 

They usually live in dens and made them in tress, under the trees, stones, rocks, shale cliffs etc. Approximately 10000 snakes can live in a single den and around 5000 snakes can live in 5 dens in winter season. There are majorly 4 destruction that can cause damage to snakes like chemical pollution, changes by humans in habitat like making building, cutting off trees, another one is commercial trade and any form of natural disaster. Female snakes are larger than male snakes.

Every snake whose length is 90 cm are consider as female snake and males snakes can reach up to 75 cm of length. The age span of snakes are approximately 10 years can be up to 12 years but its chances are very less, there may be only one snake out of 5000 who can live up to 12 years.

Places to Red Sided Garter Snakes in Manitoba

These snakes found in southern and central region of Manitoba. Found at east side of Lake Winnipeg. Along with creek and rivers side of Manitoba, one can find many number of snake dens. They also found at northernmost region that is near to Flin Flon. They can be seen in May month or in the end of September month. They can mostly be viewed in sunny days.

Grey Owl

They are considered as number six from the fifty most wanted birds on continent.  They can be found more commonly in Manitoba. Grey owl are named as “The Great Grey Owl” by the Provincial Bird Emblem. They are big, bold and beautiful which is becomes the main attraction for visitors. Both female and male owl looks similar but females are larger than males. Male grey owl has a weight of 1.2kg and female grey owl has a weight of 1.8kg.

They can be recognised from their bright yellow colour eyes, no ears, round face and white chin patches. They mainly feed on small mammals like shrews, voles, mice. They like to eat voles more due to which it leads to less population of voles in Manitoba region. Many times Grey owl moves 700km from north to northeast region and returns after 2-3 years of span once the population of voles increased.

Places to find Grey Owl in Manitoba

They are found in mixed woods and forest of Manitoba region. Especially found in southeast and Riding Mountain Nation Park to treeline in Manitoba. In winters when they found difficulty in finding food then it’s majorly seen near the road sides, in meadows as hungry owls are fearless of humans.  

Moose

moose animals in manitoba

Moose is one of the important part of Manitoba wildlife environment and these are known as largest member of deer family. Now a day’s population of moose decreasing day by day in Manitoba region due to which two programs has been established with the help of Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development. 

These two programs continuously monitor the effects for the sudden decrease in population of moose in Manitoba and find the reason behind that. They have long skinny legs and are very good swimmer, a newborn moose can easily swim within few day from birth. They are very fond of living near fresh water and generally love to eat vegetation diet. Moose have very good smell senses as well as hearing capacity. However they have not good eyesight.

Places to find Moose in Manitoba

They are found in the south range of Manitoba from US border to the Nunavut Territory in north. Sometimes they can also find in the southern region of Manitoba. But now major moose populations have shifted to Pembina and Souris River valleys.

Lynx

lynx

Lynx are categorised as wild cats that are found in the various regions of Alaska, Canada and north part of USA. They have long and dense fur; with triangular ears, wide snow paws. Their rear limbs are longer than fore limbs. 

They are 48-56cm tall from shoulder and weighs from 5 to 17 kg. The male lynx weight from 6-17 kg and female lynx weight from 5-12 kg. They have very flexible body and are very good swimmer. Lynx have very sharp paws which help them in climbing tree, fighting for hunt.

Lynx majorly eats hare which are known as snowshoe hare. Due to which its affects the rise and fall of hare population. They mainly hunt in night time as in night hare are more active. They mate in the month of March to April so this is considered as long period for matting. And after gestation of two to three months they deliver about one to eight baby lynx.

Places to find Lynx in Manitoba

In Manitoba they are found in Boreal Forest region from north to the east.

Porcupine

porcupines animals in manitoba

Porcupines are small rodents with sharp quills coat on their back which helps them to fight against other animals but usually they used to run away when some other animal attacks on them or climb on tree. They weigh up to 18kg and can be 103 cm long with 30 cm long tail.

The sharp quills coats of porcupine are large strands of hair which grow along with them and it will regrow if one lost. Their quills can be easily detached if someone touches it but they don’t detach them. Sometimes they use their sharp quills as attacking weapon for attackers by shaking their body.

The sharp ends of quills grow very quick due to body heat which makes them very hard to remove. So most of the time when predators attacks porcupines these sharp quills hits on the front face of attackers like mouth, nose or even eyes. A porcupine generally lives in caves, dead logs of trees, trees, rocks. They eat shrubs, trees and they like food which is salty in taste. They majorly live in forest and shrubby areas and prefers to live along side of rivers. They can easily climb trees.

Places to find Porcupines in Manitoba

Porcupines can be found in Boreal Forest region and can be easily found near the rivers or dense and shrubby forest areas.

Summary of Animals in Manitoba

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There are approximately 89 spices of mammals living in Manitoba’s ecosystem. Apart from mammals there is large number of reptiles, wolves, foxes, birds. Polar bear is the top most animals in Manitoba wildlife but there are different other animals which are found in this region and has a point of attraction for visitors and tourist.

Polar bear safari is one of the famous spot of visiting. And second most famous animals found in Manitoba is Beluga whales which are found at Hudson Bay River. There are around 92 provincial parks in Manitoba regions and two national parks named as Riding Mountain National Park and Wapusk National Park. Apart from polar bear and belugas whales, Manitoba is home to bison, black bears, hundreds of birds species, caribou, wolves and foxes.

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