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Significance of National Parks

Of late, natural resources have come under threat from expansive civilization in most parts of the world. Scientifically, natural resources are plants and animals also termed as flora and fauna. This threat to natural resources has made many countries to set up areas of conservation for plants and animals. Most countries in the world refer to such conservation areas as game parks or game reserves. In most countries, national parks are usually under the control of national and county governments.

It is a clear fact that national parks are very important to the economy of any country. First of all, different countries usually have different species of wild animals and rare plant species. It is therefore very common to find many tourists visiting specific countries just to catch a glimpse of such rare phenomena. Many countries generate great amounts of revenue from tourism and activities related to tourism. A country that boasts of many natural parks will definitely have a huge Gross Domestic Product (G.D.P).

There are many different attractions in national parks. A good example is the presence of rare animal species in national parks found in African countries. Such animals like leopards, buffaloes and lions are a common feature in most African national parks. It is however possible to find animal species in other continents which are an absent phenomenon in Africa. The fact that Kangaroos are mainly found in Australia and bison found in United States of America and not in many other areas is a good example of such diversities.

The modern world has witnessed an increase of national parks being used for recreational activities. Activities like camping and hiking are some of the recreational attractions in national parks. In other countries, national parks are also used as arenas for holding of long distance races like marathons. How is it possible to have recreational activities in national parks? This question is quite significant since many countries do not allow for human-wildlife conflicts.

To put recreation in national parks into perspective, we need to understand that such activities cannot be carried out in any national parks. For any national park to be used for recreation, it must be set up in such a manner that such activities will not pose dangers to wildlife as well as to human beings. Case in point is the consistent use of the Big Bend national park in the United States of America for hiking activities. This is simply because the park has natural trails away from animal habitats.

Other outdoor activities carried out within national parks include camping and leisure walks. For camping purposes, national parks that do not have carnivorous animals are ideal. This is because carnivorous animals may pose dangers to human beings. The main way in which governments have made parks conducive for such activities is by demarcating areas for wildlife which are different from where recreational activities happen.