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.

Brown bears at Brooks Falls

Katmai bear cams

The Katmai bear cams are back! See what the bears of Brooks Falls are doing in real-time.

Sea turtle hatchlings facing the ocean

Sea turtles at Padre Islands

April-September is sea turtle testing season in Padre Island. What wildlife will you see this summer?

Elementary student bird watching with binoculars

Pro tips

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

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.

Last updated: June 20, 2018

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