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.

Marmot in Rocky Mountain National Park

Spring Sightings

Ah, spring! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and the wildlife is moving!

mountain goat

Watching Wildlife 101

Check out these pro tips from National Park Service employees.

Fox pups in den opening

Risks to Wildlife from People

The safety and health of wildlife depends on the thoughtful actions of human visitors.

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

Risks to People from Wildlife

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

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