Parks of the world that capture the imagination
One of the best ways to observe living creatures in their natural habitat, without trying to manipulate or control them, is the creation of national parks. A growing number of governments around the world are beginning to work in the field of nature protection, ensuring that the territory of these protected areas will remain minimal human intervention.
The existence of protected areas to stop or at least slow down the rate of extinction of many endangered species. In the world there are more than 16 000 protected nature reserves, the total floor area of 19.3 million square kilometers (larger than the area of Africa). We offer you the top ten largest and most beautiful national parks in the world.
National Park and Preserve Rangel-St Elias
Square: 53,321 square km
National Park Rangel-St Elias is located in the southern part of Alaska. It is the largest in the US national park. The park is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is part of an international biosphere reserve. Located in Park Mount St. Elias is the second highest mountain in Canada and the United States.
Aïr and Ténéré National Nature Reserve
Square: 77,360 square km
This buffer zone, located on the territory of the State of Niger, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage spiok. The reserve can be divided into two halves. The eastern part of it is located in the mountains Air and West comes to the area of the desert in the south central part of the Sahara - in a sandy plain Ténéré.
Limpopo Transboundary Park
Area: 99 800 km²
This reserve covers the territory of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and is composed of 10 national parks and reserves, including the National Park Banayn and Kruger National Park. On the lands of the park inhabited by African elephants, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas and many other animals.
Galápagos Marine Reserve
Area: 133 000 km²
Galapagos Park is the largest marine reserve in the developing world. This area is home to a variety of marine life, including sharks, whales, turtles and stingrays. This is where Charles Darwin conducted his research formed the basis for the creation of his evolutionary theory of the origin of species.
National Park Great Barrier Reef
Area: 345 400 km²
Marine National Park Great Barrier Reef is located in the north-east coast of Australia in the Coral Sea. It was created to protect against destruction of the largest concentrations of corals in the world located here, and the protection of marine species of exotic animals.
National Marine Monument Papahānaumokuākea
Area: 360 000 km²
Reserve with unpronounceable name Papahānaumokuākea located in the Hawaiian archipelago and brings together ten of atolls and islands in its composition. The reserve is home to 7000 different species, including the endangered Hawaiian monk seals.
Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Area: 408,250 square kilometers
Reserve Phoenix Islands is the largest and most deep-water marine park in the Pacific Ocean. He is on the territory of the Republic of Kiribati, located on the islands of Micronesia and Polynesia. Rumor has it that the first female aviator, Amelia Earhart crashed here on one of the islands during his round the world flight in 1937.
Okavongo-Zambezi transfrontier reserve
Area: 444 000 km²
The environmental zone covers the ground in Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa. The composition of the reserve includes several national parks, including Chobe National Park, Hwang, delta Okavongo and Victoria Falls. Transboundary reserve was created for the promotion of tourism, as well as for the free migration of animals across borders.
Naval Reserve Chagos
Area: 545 000 km²
Chagos Archipelago, belonging to the UK, is located 500 kilometers from the Maldives. It is the world's largest marine reserve, its area exceeding the size of a country like France. At the reserve there is one of the richest marine ecosystems lifeforms. Here you can meet a lot of amazing and rare animals.
Northeast Greenland National Park
Area: 972 000 km²
This reserve covers the whole of the north-eastern part of Greenland and is the largest national park in the world. In its area, it more than 163 countries around the world (individually). It found refuge polar bears, walruses, arctic foxes, snowy owls, musk oxen and many other species. Northeast Greenland National Park is also the most northerly national park in the world.