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Yellowstone National Park

October 17, 2020

8:15 am PDT

Yellowstone National Park in the United States is known as the world’s first national park, established in 1872. This vast park encompasses 2,221,766 acres of protected wilderness, home to a diverse sample of wildlife, geological marvels, and hydrothermal wonders. Yellowstone also has historic ties to 26 Native American tribes, who retain their connection to the park to this day. Scientific research is conducted throughout Yellowstone to learn more about the park's biodiversity; wolves, bears, elk, beavers, bison, eagles, trout, and countless other species thrive within the park. Geysers and thermal basins are another key feature of the park, with over 10,000 estimated to be active. Yellowstone attracts roughly 4 million visitors from around the world each year.


Dr. Doug Smith

Senior Wildlife Biologist

Dr. Doug Smith is a Senior Wildlife Biologist in Yellowstone National Park, responsible for supervising their wolf, bird, and elk programs. He originally led the Yellowstone Wolf Project, which involved the reintroduction and restoration of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. Doug received his B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Idaho in 1985, becoming involved in wolf and moose studies on Isle Royale during that time. He later earned an M.S. in Biology at Michigan Technological University, resulting in an 11 year study on beavers and a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno. Doug is a renowned author of wolf, beaver, and bird studies and has participated in wolf documentaries for National Geographic and the BBC.

Photography credit: Yellowstone

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San Francisco, CA 94107

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