Yukon

For my 30th birthday in October, we decided to fly to the Yukon, in North West Canada. I had always wanted to visit for its spectacular scenery and the Northern Lights.

While in Whitehorse, the Yukon capital, we opted to visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, a non-profit organisation which participates in conservation, rehabilitation and education. We grabbed our long lens, put on our parka and braced ourselves for the cold and snow while meeting the many animals at the Preserve.

Arctic Fox

This arctic fox was not shy, but completely ignored our presence. I love the beautiful white pelt (the warmest pelt of the arctic animals), which turns brown or greyish in summer.

Arctic Fox deciding what to do at the Yukon Wildllife Preserve
Arctic fox relaxing at the Yukon Wildllife Preserve
Lynx at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Close up of lynx at the Yukon Wildllife Preserve
Canada Lynx

It took us a while to find these cats, but once they knew we were around, they never really went out of sight. They are very curious animals, and never stopped watching us through the high grass.

Moose at the preserve
Young Moose at the Yukon Wildllife Preserve
Moose

We were glad to finally meet the largest member of the deer family. Moose can reach a height of over 2 metres and weigh over 700kg. Unfortunately, the adult moose was relaxing in the snow, so we weren’t able to fully appreciate its size. We also met Jesse, a young moose, who had been rescued after being attacked by dogs.

Close up of Moose antlers
Mule Deer

These deer were one of my favourite animals at the preserve. They are named after their huge ears, which resemble the ears of a mule.

Curious Mule Deer at the Yukon Wildllife Preserve
Mule Deer fawns
Mule Deer relaxing in the snow
Mule deer in the snow at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Silver fox at the Yukon Wildllife Preserve
Silver fox
Silver Fox

This very inquisitive and playful silver fox arrived at the preserve with wire wrapped around his leg. Unfortunately, his leg had to be amputated, but this doesn’t stop him from chasing birds!

Woodland Caribou
Woodland Caribou at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Woodland Caribou

Caribou has been incredibly important to the lives of the humans living in the Yukon for at least 12000 years.

Thinhorn Sheep

At the Preserve you’ll find two species of Thinhorn Sheep; the Dall Sheep and the Stone Sheep. While we were there, the rutting season had just started, and the rams were fighting with their impressive horns, giving us as photographers plenty of photo opportunities!

Thinhorn sheep fighting
Thinhorn Sheep preparing to fight
Thinhorn Sheep retreating after fight
Grumpy mountain goat
Lonely mountain goat walking up the snow covered hill
Mountain Goat

The mountain goat loves cliffs and rock faces, away from danger lurking below. The mountain goat pictured above was incredibly grumpy, and growled at us each time we came too close. He is kept separate from the other mountain goats in another habitat.

Grumpy goat
Elk at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Elk at the Yukon Wildllife PreserveElk at the Yukon Wildllife Preserve
Elk

Elk is the first animal you encounter when you visit the preserve. There is one male in their habitat, which boasted impressive antlers.

More info

Yukon Wildlife Preserve

More info: Yukon Wildlife Preserve Website
Address: Takhini Hot Springs Rd, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 7A2
Opening Hours: Friday – Saturday | 10:30am-4pm

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Hi! I'm a Belgian travel blogger currently living in Vancouver, Canada after living in the UK for 7 years. I have a keen interest in responsible travel, volunteering and archaeology and I'm always on the lookout for new adventures around the world!

10 COMMENTS

  1. Really beautiful photos. I loved seeing them and showing them to my kids – who absolutely adore watching the vet from Yukon on the TV. We are all very envious of your birthday travels. Happy birthday.

  2. You’re a stunning animal photographer! I can only imagine how tricky it is to snap these beauties up close. Some look so cuddly like the caribou, and it’s amazing to see how they all adapt to the harsh Yukon conditions.

  3. What a cool gallery. Beautiful photos! I was here in April when it wasn’t snows and things were starting to melt and it was totally different!! Still beautiful and cool, but the animals were looking a bit haggard. I want to go back!

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