Top 10 Largest National Parks in the World
We all know that there are many endangered species in the world but did you know there are huge areas of land that have been designated as protected areas and as such are now being preserved and monitored by conservationists who ensure the land remains protected for ecological, natural or cultural reasons. These areas are so vast and so important that the work to police and protect them has to take place on a Government level in this way they can ensure that the areas can function with little human intervention/management.
Thankful the introduction of these parks has slowed and in some cases stopped the extinction of many threatened species.
Protected Areas: Currently at least 160,000 areas in existence
World surface covered: between 10-15% of the world is encompassed including both land and sea.
1. Northeast Greenland National Park
Size: 927,000 square kilometers
Its size is equal to 163 countries (thereХs around 194 countries globally).
ItХs located in northeastern Greenland and it is the worldХs most northern park.
Its protected inhabitants include polar bears, arctic fox, snowy owl, musk oxen and Walrus. КNortheast Greenland is the most northerly national park in the world.
By Comparison Singapore zoo that features high on the list of Singapore Attractions is miniscule. However, Singapore Zoo plays a very important part in conservation, it is not just another Singapore tourist Attraction. The zoo was the first in Asia to breed a polar bear in captivity! The zoo also provides education programmes to promote conservation and awareness and in this respect it becomes the most worthwhile of Singapore Attractions.
2. Chagos Marine Protected Area
Size: 545,000 sq. km.
This is the largest marine reserve in the world and forms part of the Indian Ocean territory. It is actually bigger than France.
ItХs just 500 kilometers south of the beautiful Maldives islands where people love to go and Discover the Exotic and dive in crystal clear waters.
Just like the seven atolls of Chagos, the Maldives are a wonderful to visit rich in biodiversity and blessed with abundant marine life.
3. Pheonix Islands Protected Area
Size: 408,250 kilometers
This is the Worlds first deep water, mid ocean reserve. It is located in the Republic of Kiribati, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It has been speculated that the famous aviator Amelia Earhart crashed on to the islands in 1937.
4. Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
Size: 360,000 sq. km.
Listed as a World Heritage site located in Hawaii and is actually designated as a national monument of the USA. It consists of 10 Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. К
It protects the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and 7,000 different species!
5. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Size: 345,400 sq. km.
Famous the world over the Great Barrier Reef has the worldХs largest coral area
The Great Barrier Reef contains the largest cluster of corals in the world and is a magnet for marine life and human visitors. Unfortunately we humans caused a lot of damage and it was necessary to establish a protective park. Visitors are still allowed but only with permits and all activities are monitored. Sri Lanka, Maldives and Malaysia all have great coral reefs to explore. Unlike the Barrier reef they have not been decimated and are still home to thousands of marine life, which makes them top, diving destinations
6. Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area
Size: 287,132 kilometers
This is the only large conservation area Established by the World Wide fund for Nature and the Peace Parks Foundation, designed to promote safe tourism and mammal migration across borders.
This park is in fact an amalgamation of a number of African Parks spread across Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe including Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park, the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls. К
7. Galapagos Marine Reserve
Size: 133,000 sq. km.
Located off the coast of Equador this is a unique area combining hot/warm currents with fresh water and seawater. This unusual combination of currents and temperatures makes it home to a number of unique species that cannot live elsewhere. Exotic destinations like Malaysia come close to providing unique bio diverse habitats and it is possible for advanced divers to experience a heady combination of currents that attracts fish in their thousands.
Galapagos Marine Reserve is the worlds 2nd largest marine reserve and was studied by Charles Darwin the man famous for the Theory of Evolution, it protects sharks, whales, turtles, fish and rays. К
8. Great Limpopo Trans-frontier Park
Size: 99,800 sq. km.
Spread across Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe this Peace Park consists of 10 national parks/reserves. The Banhine, Kruger and Limpopo National Parks part of the reserve which was set up to protect the disappearing wildlife including African leopards, giraffes, cheetahs, African elephants and spotted hyenas. Elephants in Sri Lanka are Indian elephants and they can also be found in protected areas. One of the most wondrous sites is The Gathering this has been listed, as a top 10 must see event and brings together the largest number of elephants in Asia together at any one time. Pinnawala Elephant orphanage is also a great place to visit to see huge numbers of elephants bathing and feeding together.
9. Air and Tenere Natural Reserve
Size: 77,360 sq. km.
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Niger it spans across the western Tenere desert and the eastern half of the Air Mountains it is both a reserve and a sanctuary.
10. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Size: 53,321 sq. km.
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an International Biosphere Reserve located in Canada and America.
It is larger than 9 states, which makes it the largest national park in the USA. Mostly mountainous it includes 9 of AmericaХs highest mountains and includes Mt. St. Elias the second highest mountain in Canada and the States.