There is nothing quite like coming face-to-face with wildlife. As humans, we are naturally curious about other species in our area or beyond. Instead of visiting zoos and aquariums to experience wildlife, why not think outside of the box? There are plenty of low-impact ways to experience amazing wildlife. In this article, we'll discuss just a few ways to do so.
Visit National Parks or National Recreation Areas
A great way to experience wildlife in a low-impact way is by vising national recreation areas or national parks like Yellowstone. From birds to fish and everything in between, there's no telling what you will see when visiting, as you are in the animals' natural habitats and environment. It is important to note that you should never interact with wild animals or interfere, as it can be dangerous for both you and the wildlife.
It's not necessarily a National Park but Disney's Animal Kingdom is also a great way to take your family on a vacation to experience wildlife.
Visit a Reserve or Sanctuary
There are a number of animal reserves and sanctuaries across the world. These facilities take in animals to be protected for the rest of their lives. Some animals are endangered, while other may have suffered a severe injury. Some of them may have been left behind by their families. Depending on the reserve or sanctuary you plan to visit, you may be able to come face-to-face with some of the most magnificent species. For example, if you visit the shores of Flaming Gorge Reservoir, you will find the largest nesting colony of ospreys and other avian wildlife in Utah.
Take advantage of the trails in your area. Wooded trails are full of wildlife in their natural habitat. Birds, reptiles, deer, rodents, insects...there is so much that these trails hold, for they traverse the shared home to hundreds of species. No two walks will ever hold the same views. If you choose to do this, it is important to stay on path and, again, to never interfere with wildlife.
One important thing to remember before you embark on an adventure is the Leave No Trace policy. It is imperative that you leave no trace of being in their habitat in order to minimize any negative impacts on the wildlife. For more information on this, visit the Leave No Trace website. There are even ways to get involved, if that is something you are interested in.
Once you educate yourself on this policy, you are ready to explore. Consider some of the above ways to see wildlife with your own eyes, without causing any harm or disruption. Both the animals and you will be much safer and happier this way.
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