National Park Service: Junior Ranger Online -

Despite the harshness of the desert, wildlife is well adapted to living here. This virtual ranger activity will share some of the cool adaptations of Canyonlands National Park’s wildlife.

All desert birds, animals and reptiles have special adaptations that help them not just live, but thrive in the desert ecosystem. The desert can seem like a harsh environment marked by hot dry summers and cold winters and yet it’s teeming with life. Activity may mostly be in the cool nights and mornings, and with limited plant life and water, desert dwellers need more space to maximize resources. Canyonlands National Park protects 527 square miles of desert habitat, including sections of the Green and Colorado rivers.

Use the image sliders and animal biographies to learn about some of the animals that live within Canyonlands National Park! As you think about the different adaptations that wildlife have in order to live here, think about how you have adapted to your environment.


Biology, Zoology
Rodents, Sheep & Goats, Snakes
K-6, Middle School

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