Clients Can Go on Safari in Wyoming’s National Elk Refuge

Refuge houses some 8,000 elk, the world’s largest concentration

By: By Deanna Ting


National Elk Refuge
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Photo: Wyoming's Elk Refuge // (c) 2008
National Elk Refuge

While most clients envision going on safari in Africa, North America is also home to a number of wildlife refuges that give them a glimpse into the natural world. This winter, the National Wildlife Refuge System is giving clients a number of opportunities to participate in outdoor recreation, and to see wildlife up close, without hordes of tourists.

In Wyoming, for example, clients can take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge near Jackson. Here, some 8,000 elk—the world’s largest concentration of elk during the winter season—descend from Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and other forest areas to spend their winters on the refuge.

The refuge was crated in 1912 and was one of the first big game refuges established as a result of public interest in the survival of the Jackson elk herd. Moose, bison and bighorn sheep also roam the refuge during the winter.

For the 2008-2009 season, sleigh rides are scheduled daily through April 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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