Smart Wildlife Watching

Observing wildlife in their native habitat can be a fun, thrilling, and educational experience—filled with wonder and adventure. When you follow safe wildlife watching practices, you protect the health of the wildlife...and yourself!
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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.

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Risks to People from Wildlife

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

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Risks to Wildlife from People

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

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