Top Stories February 1, 2018

Refuge To Host Animal Olympics

by Jackson Hole. Media

With the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony just over a week away, the National Elk Refuge winter naturalist staff is putting finishing touches on a series of activities focusing on the athleticism of the Refuge’s wild populations.

During the Olympic Games, athletes demonstrate skills such as speed, strength, power, and endurance. In the animal kingdom, these same characteristics are necessary for survival, allowing wildlife to eat, escape predators, mate, and endure the elements. Their abilities are often far superior to those of humans. A set of challenges in the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center will allow people to do just that: compare their own abilities to those of animals found on the Refuge. Visitors can pick up a challenge sheet at a welcome table, walk throughout the Visitor Center to the various challenge stations, and complete the activities to earn a prize and additional activity book.

Will you be able to flap your “wings” as fast as a hummingbird? Or jump as high as a bison? Maybe balance as well as a bighorn sheep as it stands on a rocky cliff along Miller Butte? The fun, family-friendly activities will be available from February 9-25, coinciding with the dates of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

Additionally, Visitor Center guests can view a display in the theater area highlighting adaptations that help animals survive during the winter season.

The Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center is located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson. The activities and prizes are free of charge.

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