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. Well, you’ve picked the right national park.

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

Grizzly Bear #399 and her cubs. Photo by Mike Wheeler

Grizzly Bear #399 and her cubs. Photo by Mike Wheeler

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), eagles, trumpeter swans and many more.

See Baby Animals in Springtime

Newborn bison calf May 10, 2014. Photo by NPS Neal Herbert

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 | How Close You Should Get

Grizzly bear and cub. Photo by Jim Stewart

Bears in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is one of the few places in the lower U.S. where you can see grizzly bears. Bears typically roam Yellowstone between March and November.


Birds in Yellowstone Country

For bird watchers, Yellowstone National Park is a paradise with over 70 species of birds, including trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, loons, peregrine falcons, osprey and bald eagles.


Wild Horses near Yellowstone

Wild horses in WY roam the Red Desert region south of Yellowstone National Park, in Prior Mountain near Billings, MT, in Owyhee Front in ID

Bull Moose in Grand Teton National Park

Wildlife Watching

Where and when to see bears, wolves, moose and other wildlife inside Yellowstone National Park and beyond the park boundaries.


Wolves in Yellowstone National Park

After facing extinction in the park, the gray wolf was successfully reintroduced in 1995. Wolves are often found in Lamar Valley in early morning or late evening.