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National Parks – Benefits to Human Beings
Of late, natural resources have come under threat from expansive civilization in most parts of the world. Flora and fauna or plants and animals are the main resources of the world. It is in a bid to conserve such resources that countries have established special places for them. The general terminologies used to describe these areas are national parks and game reserves. Governments usually run or manage such national parks and game reserves.
National parks are very important to a country especially in relation to the economy of the country in question. The first assets in national parks are wildlife and plant species which usually differ from one country to the other. It is therefore very common to find many tourists visiting specific countries just to catch a glimpse of such rare phenomena. Tourism is a major foreign exchange earner to most countries that have tourist attraction sites. A country that boasts of many natural parks will definitely have a huge Gross Domestic Product (G.D.P).
Attractions in national parks are quite different and diverse. A good example is the presence of rare animal species in national parks found in African countries. Animals like lions, elephants, leopards and buffaloes roam most national parks of African countries. It is however possible to find animal species in other continents which are an absent phenomenon in Africa. Case in point is the presence of Kangaroos in Australia and that of bison in the United States of America.
The use of national parks for recreation is quite a new phenomenon though it is gaining traction the world over. Activities like camping and hiking are some of the recreational attractions in national parks. There are countries that use national parks as tracks for athletic events like marathons. How is it possible to have recreational activities in national parks? This is an important point since any activities happening in national parks must not create any human-wildlife conflicts.
To understand how recreation activities take place in national parks, it is good to note that such activities cannot happen in all national parks. The specific national park must have features that allow for the activities without disrupting the life of animals in their natural habitat. An example of such adaptations is in the United States of America where the Big Bend national park has been used for a long time for hiking. Availability of natural trails within the park makes it ideal for hiking.
Outdoor activities including camping and leisure walks are also done within specific national parks. For camping to be conducted, a park that is not inhabited by carnivorous animals comes in handy. This is because carnivorous animals may pose dangers to human beings. In a bid to eradicate chances for human-wildlife conflict, most governments have set up areas for recreation which are far from natural habitats of wildlife within the park.
Source: Big Bend National Park