Respect Wildlife


The Caucasus region is a biodiversity hotspot with many endemic species. While spotting wildlife in their natural habitat is thrilling, be sure to observe them from a distance and avoid any actions that might harm or disturb these creatures. 



  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Make sure to pack out all of your trash, including food scraps and leftover chunks from your dishwater.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. In areas inhabited by bears, store food and scented articles (toothpaste, sunscreen, insect repellent, water purification chemicals, balm, etc.) out of reach using approved food storage devices.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
Horses galloping in front of Mt. Ushba


Failure to follow these guidelines can lead to: 

  • Stress. Approaching or following wildlife can cause stress and anxiety among the animals. This disturbance may disrupt their natural behaviors, potentially leading to altered migration patterns, changes in feeding habits, and negative impacts on overall population health.
  • Wildlife health issues. Feeding animals (whether intentionally or by leaving food waste behind) can lead to serious health issues. Human food can also expose them to harmful substances, leading to diseases or conditions that may not exist in their natural diet.
  • Wildlife behavior changes. Feeding animals alters their natural behaviors, which can lead to increased aggression, loss of foraging skills, and diminished survival instincts.
  • Safety concerns. Uncontrolled pets can harass, or even harm wildlife, and vice versa.
  • Disturbances during critical life stages. Failing to avoid wildlife during sensitive times can disrupt these crucial life stages. For example, disturbing nesting birds may lead to abandoned nests or increased vulnerability of young animals.