SPECIES UPDATE – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

UPDATED April 13, 2018:

As of January 2018, within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (a UNESCO-MAB World Heritage Site), the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has identified 986 species new to science and 9196 species new to the park. In total to date, there are 19375 species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This inventory includes the study of these species’ habitats, relationships with similar and disparate species as well as genetics and population dynamics. This data helps us toward understanding the complexity of this unique ecosystem so that we may become better stewards.

Photo Title: Bobcat on the Hunt – (Great Smoky Mountains NP)
Photograph and text: Copyright Deborah Siminski Tappan. All rights reserved.