Animals of the Mountains

photo of llama in the mountains

Our million-hour reading expedition through the animal kingdom with Read City USA begins in the mountains.

Mountains are over 1,900 feet in elevation and typically have steep, sloping sides and rounded ridges and peaks. They tend to be rocky and barren above the tree line, and many mountains get significant amounts of snow in the winter months. Atop alpine mountains, the temperature drops, the air thins, and the sunlight is harsh. While many different plant and animal species thrive in lower elevations, it is an unforgiving landscape above the tree line, though some hardy species still survive at high elevations. Examples of mountain habitats include the Himalayas and the Appalachian Mountains, as well as volcanic mountains, like Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Animals found in mountain ecosystems include mountain goats, llamas, ibex, bighorn sheep, condors, lynx, and many others.

This book list explores the mountain habitat, the animals that live there, and the people that face breathtaking challenges against them. Join us on this exciting expedition!



Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction


Print these templates to complete your own mountain animals crafts! When you complete them, log another hour of reading. (Printed versions of one craft each month will be available at your library location. Check with your location for specific availability.)