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Animals and Wildlife in North America

Big old bison in nature.
Big old bison in nature. Image by fotoluxstudio via Depositphotos

For wildlife enthusiasts interested in exploring the animals and wildlife that call North America home; there is no shortage of incredible animals to see across the continent.

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List of Animals in North America

AnimalScientific NameHabitatNotable Features
American BisonBison bisonGrasslands and prairiesLargest mammal in North America, significant to many Native American cultures
Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalusLakes, rivers, and coastal regionsNational bird of the United States, symbol of freedom
Grizzly BearUrsus arctos horribilisForests, subalpine meadows, and alpine tundraNoted for its size and strength, iconic wildlife of North American wilderness
Grey WolfCanis lupusForests, tundras, deserts, and grasslandsSymbol of wilderness and the subject of conservation efforts
American AlligatorAlligator mississippiensisFreshwater wetlands of the southeastern USLargest reptile in North America, conservation success story
California CondorGymnogyps californianusRocky shrubland, coniferous forests, and grasslandsOne of the world’s rarest bird species, subject of intensive conservation efforts
MooseAlces alcesForests of the Northern United States, Canada, and AlaskaLargest member of the deer family, known for its massive antlers
North American BeaverCastor canadensisLakes, rivers, and wetlandsKnown for building dams, canals, and lodges; significant impact on North American ecosystems
Mountain LionPuma concolorMountains, forests, and swampsAlso known as the cougar or puma, a top predator in various habitats

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