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The Squirrel Census Answers a Question You Weren’t Asking

How many squirrels live in New York City's Central Park? Finding the answer was surprisingly complicated.
Volunteers came out to conduct the first-ever squirrel census of Central Park.
Volunteers came out to conduct the first-ever squirrel census of Central Park.Giedriius/Shutterstock

If you’ve ever wondered how many squirrels live in New York City’s Central Park, there’s finally an answer: 2,373.

That number comes from the first squirrel census of Manhattan’s largest park, conducted by Jamie Allen and more than 300 volunteers who made it their mission to count and observe the rodents living in the 843 acres of green space.