Tule Elk State Natural Reserve

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Tule Elk: One of California's Largest Land Mammals

Welcome to the Tule Elk State Natural Reserve!


Tule elk once dominated California’s deer and pronghorn population in the San Joaquin Valley. Estimated at more than half a million animals before 1849, tule elk, an endemic California subspecies, were once hunted and nearly to extinction. Their fascinating story of survival will delight and inspire students of all ages.

Our interactive, virtual adventure will feature the tule elk's history, habitat, biology, what defines a mammal, and how the tule elk were brought back from the brink of extinction through conservation.

NOTE: This program is best suited for grades K-6th.

Keep reading to discover our K-12 educational resources from Tule Elk State Natural Reserve!

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