The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Watchable Wildlife Program strives to manage wildlife while providing for the recreational use of the resource. By assuring positive wildlife viewing experiences, the department hopes to increase public awareness of wildlife and support for native species through wildlife viewing-related recreational and educational opportunities. The program is also developing a statewide network of natural areas and trail systems known to offer excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.
Much of the support for the Watchable Wildlife Program comes from the Heritage Fund. This fund was started in 1990 by Arizona voters to further conservation efforts in the state. Funding comes from Arizona Lottery ticket sales.
As part of the program, the Arizona Game and Fish Department helped develop the new Arizona Wildlife Viewing Guide. The guide offers detailed descriptions of 128 unique sites and the wildlife found at them, accompanied by beautiful photographs of the sites and animals.