A national park is an area of countryside, or occasionally sea or fresh water, protected by the state for the enjoyment of the general public or the preservation of wildlife. Germany boasts 16 national parks.
Germany's national parks range from the Wadden Sea in the north to the Black Forest in the south. Germany also has 14 Biosphere Reserves, as well as 98 nature parks. This is an automatic compilation of DW content pertaining to "national park".
A massive dead whale was discovered washed up on Kapota Island near Indonesia's Wakatobi National Park with over 6 kilograms (13 pounds) of plastic waste in its belly. When researchers opened the whale, they found everything from ropes to shoes in its stomach.
Nairobi is the only capital city in the world that has a national park full of wildlife within its city borders. That means the occasional lion or leopard sometimes makes its way into residential areas — often with fatal consequences for the animals.
South Arica’s Kruger Park is a heaven for animals and plants alike. But more then one million rural people live on it’s borders. This has put strong pressure onto the area’s medicinal plants. Many species are on the brink of extinction. To turn the tide, Park management is working closely with scientistos and traditional healers to find a sustainable solution.