It's been called the most biodiverse protected area in the world, and an expedition launching this week into Bolivia's Madidi National Park should help put some parameters on that statement.
The nation of Greenland only has one national park...but when a park has this many superlatives, one is probably enough. The world's largest national park covers more territory than all but 30 entire countries, and features dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife. However, due to its relative inaccessibility, it is not a national park in the traditional sense, and a visit to Greenland National Park requires plenty of advance planning.
Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve, a rugged landscape encompassing the South Nahanni River watershed in the Northwest Territories, has become Canada's 44th national park.
After the United States launched the national park movement in 1872 with the creation of Yellowstone National Park, many countries built on the movement. Germany has more than a dozen national parks, ranging from coastal parks to parks that claim high alpine terrain and scenery. Here's a quick primer on those parks.
Two national parks with high, alpine terrain, one in the United States, and one in Germany, have signed a sister park agreement to work together to better understand these environments.
When we think about the safest places for wild animals, areas such as national parks and wildlife refuges tend to come to mind. Efforts to bring the rhino population back from the brink of extinction have succeeded in South Africa, notably in Kruger National Park, but now officials are moving some rhino out of the park to other locations where they would be safer from poachers.
Canada’s Point Pelee National Park is for the birds, literally. Established in 1918, the park was created to protect some of the last remaining wild marsh and forest habitat along the north shore of Lake Erie. Bird fanciers, both those who watched them and those who hunted them, spearheaded the drive to protect the land. Duck hunting is no more at Point Pelee, but the bird watching remains, and this curious spit of land continues to enjoy the guarantee of preservation from Parks Canada.
Cyclists, both those who prefer pavement and those seeking a single-track adventure, are invited to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, this summer.
“Pirates used to hide in these keys,” Carlos, our guide, tells us as our boat swings behind a small, steep-sided island. Numerous forested islets dot the shoreline like floating haystacks. “English and French pirates hid in Samaná Bay to ambush Spanish gold ships leaving Santa Domingo. The 58 cays and inlets made perfect hiding places.”
It turns out that scrambling out of a bouncing Zodiac and climbing 160 sodden, wooden stairs are the easiest challenges of the day. At the crest of the cliff, the trail stretches across the grassy, rolling hilltop of the southernmost inhabited island on the planet.