Observe the World Around You

National parks offer a unique experience for watching wildlife. Animals in parks are wild—visitors have the amazing opportunity to view animals as they live and interact with each other in their natural homes.

But with that privilege comes responsibility. Visitors are responsible for their own safety and for the safety of the animals, too. Simply put, leave animals alone—no touching, no feeding, no harassing. 

Just remember to keep your distance, and enjoy your experience watching wildlife.

Bison covered in snow

Watching in Winter

It may be cold in winter, but animals are on the move!

Park ranger stopping traffic while bull elk crosses road in Mammoth Hot Springs

Keep Your Distance

Know the risks of getting too close to wild animals and how to avoid them.

Elementary student bird watching with binoculars

Bring This, Not That

What to bring to enhance your experience and what items you should leave at home

Elementary student bird watching with binoculars

Pro tips

Want to watch wildlife like a pro? Get some Watching Wildlife 101 with these pro tips.

A man with binoculars

7 Ways to Safely Watch Wildlife

The safety of these animals, as well as your safety, depends on everyone using good judgment and following these simple guidelines.

Last updated: January 31, 2019

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