Little Rock’s most natural resources are the numerous public parks that dot the city, and while the parks have always been popular with the city’s human inhabitants, they are also home to abundant wildlife. Now, the Central Arkansas Urban Wildlife Project, a partnership between the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), Hendrix College and the Urban Wildlife Information Network (UWIN), have begun cataloging the animals that call our parks home.
They placed 18 cameras in Little Rock parks, stretching as far west as Pinnacle Mountain State Park and as far east as David D. Terry Park, in sites that range from manicured grasslands (like in downtown’s Riverfront Park) to untamed wetlands and forests.
The information they gather will contribute to the data collected by other cities across North America within the Urban Wildlife Information Network and will allow researchers to compare the types of animals that live in different cities because all partner cities are using the same cameras and methods. The cameras were in place for a month over the summer and captured images that show off a part of Little Rock that is thriving even without humans.See the wildlife pics!
Want to learn even more about the wildlife that calls Little Rock home? Visit the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. There you’ll find displays on the animals that share our city, an aquarium and even an alligator (be sure to visit on Friday afternoon for the alligator feeding!). And next time you’re in one of Little Rock’s parks, remember that you’re not alone; you’re sharing that space with Little Rock’s furrier (or scalier) residents!