Above ground, the surface of this elaborate underground
labyrinth is an old forest comprised of oak, hickory and ash, as well as
rolling hills and rocky outcroppings.
Many of the plant and animal species found here are not only specific to
the Ozark Plateau but many, because of their isolated environment, are unique
to the caves or springs in which they are found.
Located in eastern Oklahoma, it is on the southwest edge
of the Ozark Plateau and Boston mountains. The refuge consists of nine separate
units covering four counties and totaling approximately 4,200 acres.
It was established in 1986 to protect
the federally threatened and endangered species found in the Ozark Plateau’s cave
system, including the Ozark big-eared bat, gray bat, Indiana bat, and Ozark
Ozark Plateau National Wildlife
Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national
network of lands and waters managed for the benefit of wildlife and you.