America’s Top 10 Cities for Wildlife

Wildlife in urban areas - coyote in IllinoisWildlife is adaptable. Studies continue to show that in our largest metropolises, foxes, raccoons and coyotes also thrive. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Consider the lone mountain lion that’s apparently trapped in-between urban sprawl in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park.

So it’s welcome news that the National Wildlife Federation is honoring the Top 10 Cities for Wildlife as part of its celebration of National Wildlife Week 2015.

“America’s most wildlife-friendly cities are located in every corner of our nation,” said Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation. “The common thread between these cities is that citizens are coming together for a common purpose – to create a community where people and wildlife can thrive.”

Wildlife in urban areas - red foxThe NWF ranked America’s largest cities based on three important criteria for wildlife – the percentage of parkland in each city, citizen action to create wildlife habitat, and school adoption of outdoor learning in wildlife gardens. To see the complete list, click here.

It’s heartwarming to know that with all the challenges our wildlife face – climate change, drought, food scarcity, lost of habitat among them – there are communities that are striving to give them a much needed break.

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