Wildlife Hotspots - Where to See and Photograph Wildlife

A guide to watching and photographing wildlife
Journey to some of the world's best locations for watching and photographing wildlife.  Choose a continent to begin exploring birding and wildlife hotspots by region.  Or check out our trip ideas, slideshows and wildlife photography tips.

Young orangutan handing from mother; copyright Kitch Bain
Seasonal Trip Ideas - Best Times to View Wildife Birding and Wildlife Hotspots by Continent Wildlife Slideshows


Unless you live in Alaska, soaring gas prices may make this choice one of the most expensive this summer. But it's hard to beat Alaska's abundant wildlife and beautiful landscapes.  Both Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula are easily accessible by car from Anchorage.  But to reach the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge you'll need a bush pilot on your team.


Yellowstone National Park is a park for all seasons, offering some of the best opportunities to observe wildlife in the lower 48 states.  Escape the crowds in July and August by taking a river trip, hiking into the backcountry or joining a Yellowstone Institute "ed-venture."

At Grand Teton National Park the sky is for the raptors: this park within the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem is a haven for bald and golden eagles and 27 species of hawks.  And as an added bonus, you can watch and photograph wildlife against the stunning backdrop of the Teton range.

Bison at National Bison Range; copyright Steven Holt/stockpix.com

Framed by the Mission Mountains, Montana's National Bison Range lets you drive into the heart of bison country.  You'll need to stay in your vehicle, but you'll have a good chance of seeing bison, pronghorn antelope, elk and deer.  Bighorn sheep, mountain goat and black bear are also present.

Continue north and you'll discover one of the most beautiful national parks in North America.  At Glacier National Park in  northwestern Montana, follow the Going to the Sun Road to the Logan Pass Visitor Center and take the Hidden Lake Trail.  You'll have a good chance of seeing mountain goats, ptarmigan and marmots and may have the opportunity to spot a grizzly.


Heceta Head Overlook, copyright Steven Holt/stockpix.com

Escape the heat of summer by heading to the Oregon coast.  You can stay at the lighthouse keeper's house at Heceta Head  or journey away from Highway 101 to the small fishing port of Charleston - the gateway to three of Oregon's most beautiful state parks and the South Slough National Estuarine Reserve.  You can also explore tidal pools and watch harbor seals at Strawberry Hill Wayside.


Churchill, Manitoba is often described as
the polar bear capital of the world, but in summer months it's the place to see beluga whales and thousands of migratory birds.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia
  -  Old-growth forests, mountains, ocean beaches, lakes and rocky coastlines - it's hard to go wrong at Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  On the coastline, watch for harbor seals, pilot whales and seabirds.  In inland forests, look for moose, snowshoe hares, eagles, grouse and owls.
Polar bears, copyright Keith Levit

North America  Central and North America provide habitat for over 2000 species of birds and over 400 species of mammals.

Copyright Dr. Morley Read

South America  Where do you find naked-tailed armadillos and hairy-legged vampire bats?  On the diverse and biologically rich continent of South America.

Antarctica, copyright Andrey Pavlov

Antarctica  On the edges of  this harsh environment live millions of petrels, penguins and other seabirds.
Lions in Namibia, copyright Keith Levit

Africa   Journey to Africa to explore some of the world's largest and wildest game preserves.

Orangutans, copyright Eric Gevaert

Covering about 30% of the earth's land surface, Asia provides critical habitat for many wildlife species.

Fighting Ibex, copyright Tomo Jesenicnik

Europe   In the cold Svalbard archipelago of Norway, reindeer and polar bears still outnumber people.  But wildlife also thrives in Europe's warmer and more people friendly Mediterranean climates.

Kangaroo in pouch; copyright Kitch Bain

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African Wildlife

Arctic NWR - A Mini-Slideshow

Alaskan Brown Bears

Alaska Maritime NWR

Birds of the Texas Coast

California Sea Otters

Klamath Basin (6 refuges)

Kodiak Brown Bears

Northern Elephant Seals

Polar Bears

Wildlife of Alaska

Wildlife of Antarctica

Wildlife of Malheur NWR (Oregon)

Wildlife of the Oregon Coast

Wildlife of Yellowstone National Park

Terns courting; copyright Steven Holt/stockpix.com


Choosing Your Camera Gear

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  Exposure Basics
  Getting Close to Wildlife


National Geographic photographer Nick Nichols

Endangered Siberian Tigers now have a protected homeland in Russia's Far East.  Russia has established a new 1,562  square mile national park - Anyuiski - in the forested Sikhote-Alin mountain range. 
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