Yellowstone Park Wildlife Guide

Yellowstone Wildlife

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

Let’s see, one of your Top 5 reasons for planning a vacation to Yellowstone National Park is to see the wildlife right? Real wildlife, like buffalo, wolves, and even bears, in their natural habitat enjoying the vast wilderness before them.

Most Popular Yellowstone Wildlife Watching – Grizzly Bears, Reintroduced Wolves, and the Largest Wild Bison Herd

Yellowstone Park is home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the U.S. Visitors are likely to see a number of animals in Yellowstone freely roaming the landscape, from Yellowstone’s two types of bears – grizzlies and black bears – to gray wolves (which were once almost extinct in the area), bison (one of the most prevalent species in the park), wild horses, eagles, trumpeter swans and many more.

See Baby Animals in Springtime

The chance to check out wobbly-legged youngsters is a short window between April and early June. At that time, the calving season is drawing to a close and the little ones are out learning to walk. Where to See Cute Baby Animals

Respecting Wild Animals

Not only are these animals beautiful and powerful, they have so much to teach us about nature and life. Please be respectful of their stomping ground! Yellowstone is not a zoo and wild animals can be unpredictable (or very predictable depending on how you look at it). Dangers in Yellowstone | What to Do If You See a Bear

Learn more about where and when to spot these animals, their habitats and daily habits, and their historical and current status in the articles below.

More Yellowstone Wildlife

Yellowstone Park is a robust ecosystem of wild animals doing what wild animals do. Learn more about elk, eagles, moose, bighorn sheep, and more. Read More...

Yellowstone Bears

Bears typically roam Yellowstone between March and November; look for them in large open areas, or near trees in the various park valleys. The park boasts a large grizzly bear population, but is also home to many black bears. Read More...

Yellowstone Bison

Don't be fooled by the bison's huge size– the bulls (males) and cows (females) are surprisingly agile and fast. Read More...

Yellowstone Wolves

After facing near extinction in the park, the gray wolf was reintroduced in 1995 and is now a thriving species in the park. The gray wolf (which besides having a gray coat can be various shades of brown and black) is best found in Lamar Valley in the early morning or late evening hours. Read More...

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