12/29/2014 03:46 pm ET Updated Dec 30, 2014

The 10 Best Animal Photos From The Department Of The Interior's Instagram Account

If you're not following the Department of the Interior on Instagram, you're missing out.

The account highlights the bounty of natural wonders found across America -- from sea to shining sea, and everything in between. The agency, administered by Sally Jewell, oversees nearly one-fifth of the landmass of the United States, including 59 national parks.

Take a look at the top 10 animal photos from the Interior Department's account that have been posted over the past year, and follow along throughout 2015 @usinterior.

Photo courtesy of Cameron Patrick.

From all of us at the Department of the Interior and NPS (including this grizzly bear), we want to thank you for the kind words about the National Park Service 98th birthday today. Here is our second photo celebrating the national parks and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness act on September 3rd. This bear is in Lake Clark National Park, a land of stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes, and local people and culture still depend on the land and water of their home. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness. Photo: Kevin Dietrich (www.sharetheexperience.org)

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Photo by Kevin Dietrich (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Photo by Tom Koerner, USFWS.
Photo by Daniel D'Auria (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Photo courtesy of Mary Frische.
Photo by USFWS.
Photo courtesy of Mark Sullivan, National Wildlife Refuge Association (http://refugeassociation.org/).

A bull caribou takes an evening stroll down the park road a few nights ago with Denali in the background. Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

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Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit, National Park Service.
Photo courtesy of Rob Daugherty (@robswildlife).
Photo courtesy of Georgia Riddick.


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