Going to the mountains is going home.”John Muir (naturalist, author of many books about nature)
You can climb mountains all over the world. Choose a mountain range and think about which animals you might come across. What would you do? What could happen next?
The Rocky Mountains are in North America. Some animals we might encounter there are rabbits, jack rabbits, hares, raccoons, deer, elk, bobcats, mountain lions (aka cougars), coyotes, gray wolves, brown bears, black bears, and grizzly bears. I grew up in the Rockies. Maybe you’ll see some of my family there, too.
The Andes are mountains in South America. There we could see condors, guanacos, guinea pigs, chinchillas, alpaca, llamas, tarucas, huemuls, woolly monkeys, Andean bear, gray foxes, tapirs, vicuña.
The highest mountains of all are the Himalayas, which are in Asia. We might find some red pandas, masked palm civets, musk deer, tahr, yaks, Himalayan brown bears, Asian black bear, Himalayan gray wolves, and snow leopards.
The Alps are mountains in Europe. Let’s keep a lookout for Alpine marmots, moles, mountain hares, chamois, Alpine ibex, red deer, golden eagles, barn owls, bearded vultures, and brown bears. We may even see a wolf.
In New Zealand, we have the Southern Alps. A special animal here is the world’s only Alpine parrot, the kea. It is one of the most intelligent and inquisitive birds. You might want to keep an eye on your backpack as the kea loves to unzip bags to look for prizes.