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Beyond Yellowstone

Our Goal: Living with Wildlife

Wild animals find safe havens within the borders of protected areas and in the greater ecosystems surrounding them, but barriers to broader movement between these places can isolate distant animal populations from one another. Over time, this separation can decrease each group’s diversity and degrade its overall health.

The National Geographic Society is using a science-based approach to support wildlife-compatible landscapes in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and in central Montana—from Yellowstone National Park to Grasslands National Park in Canada. We seek to address the challenges of species recovery and migration across public and private lands while respecting the needs of local landowners and communities.

Using camera traps, radio tracking, observation, and analysis to further our understanding of how living things interact across the land, National Geographic is supporting local efforts and educators on the ground to build up the next generation of wildlife stewards around Yellowstone and beyond.

Picture of Cody elk in Yellowstone

Wildlife movement and migration is not just a story of enormous herds roaming across the open plains; it involves groups large and small, traveling in every direction, and traversing all kinds of terrain.

Photograph by Joe Riis/National Geographic

Wildlife on the Move

Immerse yourself in the epic journey of the nine elk herds living in and around Yellowstone, and see the story of the broader landscape outlined in the movements of a handful of its wild residents.

The elk’s perilous annual migration carries them across steep mountain passes, raging rivers, and the paths of human hunters. Tracking data from these herds allowed a team of researchers and cartographers to tell that story in a suite of animated maps created for National Geographic magazine’s May 2016 single-topic issue devoted to the park.

Follow the Journey

How You Can Help

You can be a part of restoring the movement of animals large and small across this iconic North American landscape.

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Partner With Us  

To inquire about partnering in research, conservation, or education, email us at

Picture of elk migrating in Yellowstone

Support Beyond Yellowstone  

For more information on how you can financially support the Beyond Yellowstone program, please contact Grace Hong at 202-807-3172 or

Your Gift Will Help Protect Yellowstone

Your donation will help fund science-based approaches to building wildlife-compatible landscapes and empowering local communities to create a positive future where wildlife and people can thrive. Help empower the scientists, explorers, and educators who are relentlessly working to find solutions to the most pressing scientific questions of our time by supporting the National Geographic Society today.

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Top Pronghorn video: Joe Riis; Elk Photos: Joe Riis


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