Keeping wild animals safe is important for both people and wildlife. The following tips can help you protect animals and your own safety. Follow warning signs and guidelines carefully. When interacting with wild animals, you should stay 75 feet away from them, and a minimum of three hundred feet away from venomous animals. Be sure to use a telephoto lens, too. Experts advise that you keep a minimum of 300 feet away from a bear or other predator, and that you keep your distance from a snake or elephant seal.
Report wildlife crimes and illegal wildlife trade. It is also important not to harm animals or harass them. Whenever possible, help conservation organizations and join their memberships. You can also support them by contributing financially or participating in activities. Keep in mind that these organizations are there to protect animals, not to exploit them. If you cannot afford to support these programs, consider adopting an animal at risk to care for. The money raised will go towards its care and protection.
When you are visiting national parks, remember that wildlife has the right of way. If you don’t want to disturb the wildlife, place trash cans in areas where wildlife is frequent. Leaving trash cans in open areas where wild animals live can also benefit local populations. Avoid feeding animals at open spaces as it is not only unhealthy for them but can also attract them to human areas. Wildlife needs to eat to survive and feed their young. If you can’t avoid feeding them, consider getting a bird feeder instead.