What makes a city a good place for humans and animals?
It’s not just the size of a metropolis’ parks and habitat refuges but the resolve of its citizens to take care of those parks, and the animals in them.
That’s according to the National Wildlife Federation, which has released its list of the top 10 most wildlife-friendly cities in the United States, and the results are all over the map.
“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,” NWF president Collin O’Mara said in a statement.
The list was based on a set of three different criteria: the amount of parkland in each city, citizen involvement and action to create wildlife habitat, and schools’ adoption of outdoor learning.
Here are the cities making critters a priority instead of letting development push out wild animals, according to the NWF.