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September 2002

Delve deeper into hot topics featured in NGM’s September issue with help from Resources. Click on a link, pick up a periodical, browse through a book, and explore!
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7 Sanctuaries

Conservation areas across the globe offer sanctuaries for wildlife whose habitat might otherwise be dwindling.

• Kruger National Park in South Africa covers 7,523 square miles (19,500 square kilometers) and harbors 147 species of mammals. It may soon become part of a tri-country reserve called the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, with portions in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

• Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park spans two atolls in the Philippines, with 128 square miles (332 square kilometers) of marine biodiversity. All forms of fishing are illegal, allowing many marine stocks a place to recover.

• Prespa Park is the result of an agreement between the governments of Albania, Greece, and Macedonia to protect wetlands, breeding grounds for 160 bird species, and two of Europe’s oldest lakes.

• Bahuaja-Sonene National Park in Amazonian Peru has put 2.7 million acres (2 million hectares) of forest off-limits to logging and protects that land from hunting and trapping as well. The park provides a safe habitat for 200 mammal species, 900 bird species, and 1,200 butterfly species.

• Nahanni National Park Reserve covers 1,840 square miles (4,800 square kilometers) of untouched roadless land in Canada. Within its boundaries lie the Nahanni River Gorge and the 302-foot (92-meter) Virginia Falls, twice the height of Niagara Falls.

• Royal Chitwan National Park in the foothills of Nepal’s Himalaya protects more than 50 species of mammals—including Indian rhinoceroses and Bengal tigers—both of which have increased in number since the park’s founding in 1973.

• The Goualougo Triangle is a region of Africa’s Republic of the Congo where timber companies are showing their ability to preserve ecological capital. Last year Congolaise Industrielle des Bois, a logging concession, turned over more than a hundred square miles (260 square kilometers) of preserved rain forest, home to some of the world’s highest densities of gorillas and chimpanzees.

Web Links

Kruger National Park
South African National Parks

This is the first place to find information on South Africa’s national parks, tourism to the reserves, and conservation efforts.

Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park
World Wildlife Fund Philippines

Learn about these vibrant ecosystems and what is being done to protect them.

Prespa Park
World Wildlife Fund

Read about the first transboundary protected area in the Balkans in this article and visit related links for more information.

Bahuaja-Sonene National Park
Conservation International

This link takes you to a September 2000 press release on Peru's move to protect this important ecosystem.

Nahanni National Park
Parks Canada

You’ll find everything you need to know about this Canadian national park at this site including its history and natural heritage, recreation, services, reservation and fees, the latest news, and virtual tours.

Royal Chitwan National Park
UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

This link consists of a lengthly profile on this Nepalese World Heritage Site

The Goualougo Triangle
World Conservation Society

This informative site introduces you to the wildlife and ecosystems of the Congo as well as the organization’s research and conservation work in that country.

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