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Austin Ranked #1 Most Wildlife-Friendly City in Nation


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The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) honored Austin as the #1 city in America whose citizens have the strongest commitment to wildlife.

One of Austinites favorite things to do in Austin include visiting the many beautiful locations of Austin parks. It is an obvious fact that Austin wildlife has been provided the best environment to live in the United States. The city boasts the most Certified Wildlife Habitats (2,154), most Certified Wildlife Habitats per capita, and most Schoolyard Habitats (67). And don’t forget about the 1.5 million bats that call the Congress Avenue Bridge their home!

Looking for things to do in Austin? As #1 city for wildlife, Austin is every outdoor enthusiasts’ playground. Explore Austin wildlife with our guide to Austin parks and recreation.

Complete List of Top Wildlife-Friendly Cities in the Nation

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Portland, Oregon
  3. Atlanta, Georgia
  4. Baltimore, Maryland
  5. Washington, District of Columbia
  6. Seattle, Washington
  7. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  8. Indianapolis, Indiana
  9. Charlotte, North Carolina
  10. New York City, New York

The Common Thread Between These Cities

All the cities on this list have one thing in common and that is their citizens drive to create a community where people and wildlife can thrive. However with some of our most familiar species in a decline or at risk of disappearing from communities, NWF is working to reverse that trend through programs that bring awareness to protecting our communities and wildlife. Austin is certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat, a project that benefits the entire community through education, outreach, and promoting the use of native plants and landscaping to develop natural habitats. If you are interested in helping any Austin parks or Austin wildlife, check out their website to see how!

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