Sure, anyone can see all the animals they could ever want in a zoo. However, it's much more thrilling to spot an animal in its natural habitat, rather than locked away in a cage. Below are some of the best places to go to see animals in their natural habitats in and around the United States.
The northernmost place on this list is Bristol Bay, located in Alaska. Not only is this area beautiful with its wonderful plant life but it also has a range of animals that can't be easily found elsewhere. Some of the animals that can be found on land include American bald eagles and waterfowl. However, it's the animals that live in and around the bay itself that are even more exciting.
The marine life in Bristol Bay is astounding, to say the least. Visitors who take boat tours of the area will likely see both sea and river otters, beavers, and seals. If the are really lucky, they can see beluga whales! Perhaps what Bristol Bay is most popular for is its salmon. The fishing industry here is huge, but the fish are in trouble due to dam building and other human interferences. If you want to learn more about it, check out this article by Louise Gund. Whether you like to look at fish or eat them, you can view the salmon jumping up the river-- a rare and mesmerizing site.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is one of the United State's most famous wildlife parks. This park is so large that it spans across several states! All in all, there are about 400 unique animal species that can be spotted here. How can so many animals be found here? Well, it's because the area is protected. No one is allowed to take anything from the park--let alone hunt in the park. This gives the animals a large area to thrive and reproduce, ensuring that there are animals for future generations of visitors to enjoy.
Yellowstone National Park doesn't operate like a zoo. This means there are no cages. Instead, the animals roam freely in their native habitat. There are fences to keep visitors from getting too close to the animals, but there is nothing keeping different animal species away from each other. Some animals you might be lucky enough to spot while visiting the park are listed below.
- Black bear
- Red fox
- Bison (Buffalo)
- Peregrine falcon
- Trumpeter swan
- Sandhill crane
- Western tiger salamander
- Columbian spotted frog
- Rubber boa
- Sagebrush lizard
These are just some of the 400+ animal species you can find at the park! So, keep your eyes peeled (and keep a safe distance) to see how many animals you can spot on your trip.
Whether you travel to Bristol Bay, Yellowstone National Park, or another national park or animal reserve, always make sure to keep a respectful distance between yourself and the animals. Even though they are in a protected park, they may not be totally used to humans. Remember, they are wild animals! With this in mind, you can surely still enjoy your visit!