ParksSouth DakotaWildlife Tag: Badlands National Park

Bison in the Badlands National Park

Bison Taxonomy Class: Mammalia Order: Artiodactyla Family: Bovidae Genus: Bison Species: bison Subspecies: bison   In 1963, the Badlands received a herd of bison from Theodore Roosevelt National Park that were successfully re-introduced to the park! Now the herd of bison that call the Badlands home numbers 1,200.   Bison can get up to 6.5 feet tall and […]

ParksSouth DakotaWildlife Tag: Badlands National Park

Roberts Prairie Dog Town in Badlands National Park

Prairie Dog Taxonomy: Class: Mammalia Order: Rodentia Family: Scuiridae Genus: Cynomys Species: ludovicianus   If there is one thing Badlands National Park has no shortage of it is prairie dogs. They are kinda everywhere throughout the park and surrounding areas. You can see their extensive colonies on the sides of most of the roads you drive on […]

ParksSouth DakotaVisitor Centers Tag: Badlands National Park

Ben Reifel Visitor Center at Badlands National Park

Date Visited: August 28, 2020 Address:  25216 SD-240 (Ben Reifel Road) – Interior, SD 57750 Hours: Hours vary by season Website: NPS Phone: (605) 433-5361   Ben Reifel Visitor Center is the main visitor center in the north unit of Badlands National Park. Rangers are available at the information desk year-round to answer any questions […]

ParksSouth DakotaWildlife Tag: Badlands National Park

Bighorn Sheep in the Badlands National Park

Bighorn Sheep Taxonomy Class: Mammalia Order: Artiodactyla Family: Bovidae Genus: Ovis Species: canadensis   In 1964, the Badlands received a herd of bighorn sheep that were successfully re-introduced to the park ! Twenty-two bighorn were relocated from Pike’s Peak in Colorado to the Badlands National Park. In 2004 a second herd of sheep were brought to the […]