50 Relaxing Facts about National Parks & Sanctuaries

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26Yala National Park

In 2004, tourists at the Yala National Park on Sri Lanka's south west coast (which fell victim to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami), were unable to spot any wildlife on safari because the animals had sensed the tremor vibrations 4 days earlier and fled to higher ground.


27. Nigeria's Okomu National Park holds a small fragment of the rich forest that once covered the region and is now less than one-third of its original size. It continues to shrink, threatened by encroaching villages and logging around the park.


28. Phumdis are a series of floating islands, exclusive to the Loktak Lake in Manipur, India. It has the world’s only floating national park, named Keibul Lamjao National Park.


29. Tucked in the middle of Los Angeles, is a small bird sanctuary called Serenity Park. It's a place where abused birds and combat vets bond and heal. The theory is that, through their shared trauma, they connect on an emotional and almost spiritual level. They have had much success in treating PTSD.


30. Hundred Islands National Park in Philippines has 124 islands at low tide but only three of them have been developed for tourism: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children's Island. The peculiar “mushroom-like” shapes of some of the islands were caused by the eroding action of ocean waves.


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31Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park

At the Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park visitor’s center, there used to be a Cursed Lava Rocks display featuring lava rocks stolen by tourists, mailed back to the park rangers, along with stories of the string of bad luck these tourists received since the rocks were in their possession.


32. There is a national park in New Zealand named the Egmont National Park, which from above looks almost symmetric. The forest is surrounded on all sides by pasture, giving it a distinctly circular shape. It is spread over a radius of 6 miles, surrounding a dormant volcano.


33. The Ukkusiksalik National Park in Canada lays uninhabited now, but the Inuit lived there from 11th century to the 1960s. Remains of fox traps, tent rings, and food caches have been discovered in the area. Usually, the park can only be visited during a few summer weeks.


34. Northeast Greenland National Park is bigger than Pakistan, Venezuela, or France, and only 30 countries are bigger. There are abundant polar bears, hares, foxes, caribou, and walruses, as well as almost half the world’s population of musk oxen, about 15,000 head.


35. Botum Sakor is the largest national park in Cambodia. Only very little on-location research has been done and published on the biodiversity of the area so far and no scientific investigation has ever been carried out for the remote interior of the park. The human population living inside it is unknown.


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36Yushan National Park

While accounting for merely 3% of Taiwan’s total land area, Yushan National Park has half of Taiwan’s native plant species growing within its boundaries. In surveys, there are 2,522 different kinds of plants found in the park.


37. Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve in Canada is named after the Shúhtagot’ine language description of a mountain and it refers to its unique shape, which is sharp and pointed on the top like a porcupine quill. The mountain from which the park takes its name is said to have been credited with great powers.


38. Haiti's Deux Mamelles National Park is not accessible by road, making it difficult to access. The park was established in 2015 after the founders of the Haiti National Trust made a visit by helicopter to explore the area and collect data on the rich biodiversity in 2011.


39. Point Pelee National Park has the southernmost point of mainland Canada. Because of its location at the crossroads of 2 major migration flyways, about 347- 360 different species of migratory birds have been recorded in the park and more than 100 species stay there for breeding.


40. Macaya National Park contains Haiti’s last primary forest and is a global biodiversity hotspot, containing endemic species of orchids, mammals, and the largest concentration of endemic amphibians in the world.


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41Cuyahoga National Park

Part of Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio was an EPA Superfund site up until 2012. Ford, 3M, Chrysler, and Waste Management of Ohio were all held liable for the pollution.


42. Bayanaul National Park has been known for rocks that have taken on bizarre shapes due to many centuries of erosion. One sculpture resembles the head of a bald toothless old woman with a treacherous grin and the other rock is called "masculine dignity," resembling the head of a penis.


43. There is a chimpanzee sanctuary in Quebec, where former lab and zoo chimpanzees can live out the rest of their days in peace.


44. In 2015, Qausuittuq became Canada’s newest national park. Summer temperatures top out at around 5°C in this polar desert, and the landscape consists mostly of small rocks and dried mud flats with only sparse patches of lichens and mosses — not much for vegetarians like the caribou to live on.


45. Prince Edward Island National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Canada but the third most visited after Banff and Jasper in Alberta. Due to the stresses caused by tourism, whole dune systems in the national park were lost due to one trail that has been heavily used.


46Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is the only game reserve in the world that is found within a city (Nairobi, Capital of Kenya).


47. Saguaro National Park's cacti have microchip IDs implanted in them to prevent theft.


48. Israel's Kfar Nahum National Park contains remains of a fishing village from the time of the Second Temple, on a site that was the focus of Jesus’ Galilee ministry.


49. Cross River National Park is the largest area of undisturbed rainforest in Nigeria, and as many as 200 species have been recorded from a single 0.05 hectares plot. The Cross River gorilla, which had been declared extinct in Nigeria 40 years earlier, was rediscovered there in 1987.


50. Quttinirpaaq National Park in Canada's arctic is almost 38,000 sq. km but is so remote and fraught with hazards that it had only 17 visitors in 2016.

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