Nature and science
Jasper National Park protects a vestige of the wildlife that once blanketed the West. While the last 200 years have seen a dramatic decline in wildlife in most parts of North America, healthy populations of plants and animals have persisted inside the park.
The Canadian Rockies are known to support 1300 species of plants, 20,000 types of insects and spiders, 40 types of fish, 5 species of amphibians and 1 species of reptiles, 277 species of birds and 53 different species of mammals including: humans; elk; deer; moose; caribou; bighorn sheep; mountain goats; bears; coyotes; wolves; beavers; pine martens; lynx; porcupines; cougars; snowshoe hares and wolverines.
Conserving and restoring ecological integrity is our first priority in park management. Parks Canada's goal is to allow people to enjoy national parks as special places without damaging their integrity.
Jasper's elevation range, geology, geography and climate create diverse habitats for a surprising variety of species.
Come discover this natural environment for yourself – you’ll see why it was so critical to protect it and why this area warranted being designated a national park.
Get inspired by women working in science – sharing their stories, advice, and the career paths that brought them to work in Jasper National Park.