Before you head out into nature on a hike, bike ride, or wildlife tour near Fort Myers — it’s important to know how to interact safely with the wildlife you encounter. Here are a few tips you’ll want to make sure to keep in mind.

Keep Your Distance

While certain wildlife may look calm, cute, or cuddly— don’t be fooled! Wild animals are unpredictable so it’s best to keep a safe distance. For example, the National Park Service recommends staying at least 15 feet away from alligators and crocodiles. And if they hiss, no matter how far away you are, you’re still too close.

Don’t Feed the Wildlife or Leave Food Out

Sadly, when wild animals begin to associate humans with food, it’s not uncommon that they have to be removed from their habitat and euthanized. That’s why it’s so important to not feed the wildlife and to store all your food and trash out of their reach.

Drive Safely

Did you know there are nearly 300,000 wildlife-vehicle collisions every year? Keep wildlife safe by staying attentive while you are driving and following the speed limit. If you see an animal on the road, slow down. If you want to stop and watch an animal near the road, make sure you completely pull off the road into a designated pull-over spot.

Worry Less, Go with A Guide

If you are worried about interacting safely with wildlife, consider going on a wildlife tour! Your guide will make sure you and the wildlife are all safe and comfortable during your tour. For example, on a Babcock Ranch Eco Tour you will be able to see tons of exciting wildlife from the safety of the tour buggy! And afterwards, you can eat at the Gator Shack Restaurant where all the proper precautions are taken to keep wildlife away from trash and food, so you don’t have to be concerned.

Ready to book your wildlife tour near Fort Myers? You can schedule your Swamp Buggy Eco Tour in a matter of clicks online! The 90-minute tour will take you through the natural wildlife of the historic Babcock Ranch where you’ll see a variety of birds, gators, and more all from a safe distance. We look forward to seeing you aboard!