Animals of Arkansas

Arkansas has four clear-cut seasons. The summers are humid, the spring is dry, there is a significant fall period, and there is snow in the winter.  The mountains and forests are home to outstanding wildlife; we will give you ten must-sees.

White-Tail Deer

The white-tailed deer is Arkansas' official state mammal. They have reddish-brown coats in the summer. Then, as winter arrives, the color turns a dull grayish-brown.


In Arkansas, along the Buffalo National River, you will find a genuinely remarkable natural treasure: the Arkansas elk herds. Elk once thrived in Arkansas, but more people, hunting, and land development drove the elk almost to extinction.

Bald Eagle

The bald eagle is recognized by its brown body, yellow hooked beak, and magnificent white head. Who wouldn’t identify this majestic bird? After all, it has been the national emblem of the USA since 1782!

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

This one is the third-largest in the world of woodpeckers. Unfortunately, this unusual, unique bird is critically endangered because of the destruction of its forest habitat.

Black Bear

They like forested areas with thick ground cover that can supply them with fruits, vegetation, and nuts. During the winter, they hibernate in dens. Being omnivores, most of their diet is plant-based.

Nine-Banded Armadillo

The nine-banded armadillo can live for about eight years. He weighs about 6.5 kg. He is medium-sized and has an armored shell covering his entire body. This consists of horny scales called "scutes."

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