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Rules glorious rules! National parks with the strictest regulations
Posted on 09/10/2019

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Whether you love them, or hate them, there's no escaping them! Rules are everywhere, and national parks are no exception!

For rules sake!

For rules sake!
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Protecting our precious wildlife and endangered flora is a universal mission; the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is made up of a worldwide network of more than 1000 protected areas and works towards the conservation of our natural habitats throughout the world.

However, is there ever a point at which the balance between conservation and recreation is lost? Why do we have national parks if we're not allowed to enjoy them? Or should enjoyment be out of the question when it comes to the environment and its protection? Here's a look at some national parks around the world and some of the rules you have to abide by if you're ever to go!

Yellowstone National Park, USA

Yellowstone National Park, USA
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Protecting biodiversity is crucial, but what has 'imitating wolf howls' got to do with the conservation of nature? I'm sure that 99% of children (and let's be honest, adults too) would be more than likely to imitate a wolf howl if you were to hear one. Surely this rule is just there to quash your fun!

Maybe that's how it seems, but there is science behind this seemingly strange rule; it's called 'anthropogenic' noise! Anthropogenic noise is a fancy way of saying noise caused by human activity. In national parks that are home to different species, from wolves to Elks to bears, this poses a problem because the human sound blocks and interferes with the natural soundscape which many species depend on for their survival.

Although laws vary throughout the 50 US states, the laws in each of America's national parks are the same no matter where you are. So wherever you go, whether it's Yellowstone or Yosemite, just make sure you save your wolf impression for the journey home.

Komodo Island, Indonesia

Komodo Island, Indonesia

In no other place around the world can you get so up close and personal with Komodo dragons. Although Indonesia has reversed plans to impose a tourism ban on this unique island, visitors who wish to catch a glimpse of the rare population of Komodo dragons now have to pay a fee of $1000 (£818). The $1000 fee grants you a year-long access to the park, which makes the only place where you can see these dragons in the wild even more exclusive. The measure has been taken in order to stop tourism interfering with mating and the food chain of this rare species. But is this a necessary measure? Or has the mark been missed with these good intentions? Has Indonesia inadvertently created another exclusive, luxury travel destination for tourists to add to their list?

Grand Canyon National Park, USA

Grand Canyon National Park, USA
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Do you fancy a trip to the Grand Canyon? You might want to think again! If you want to enjoy this natural phenomenon make sure you've got a permit! You are able to take a day trip to the park without needing a permit. However, if you want to take a walk down to the river or stay overnight, a permit is necessary. What's more, the immense size of this park means that spending more than one day exploring it is crucial!

Make sure you request a permit well in advance; many people want to explore the vast interior of the Grand Canyon and permits are difficult to come by in order to protect the ecosystems of this natural wonder.

UK National Parks

UK National Parks
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Did you know that in the UK, almost all land in national parks is privately owned? That means that if you want to camp in a national park in either England or Wales you have to get the landowners' permission. Furthermore, common land doesn't mean you're allowed to camp either as your activities could interfere with the grazing of animals. If in doubt, find an official campsite!

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