May 4, 2017. Earth / Earth’s Legacy
A World Heritage Site is a place that has been officially recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Sites are selected on the basis of having cultural, historical, scientific or some other form of significance, and they are legally protected by international treaties
Cyril F. Kormos, Tim Badman, Russell A. Mittermeier, Bastian Bertzky, Cristina Mittermeier
Wood Buffalo National Park, located in northeastern Alberta and southern Northwest Territories, Canada. It is the largest national park in Canada at 44,807 km2, and is the second-largest national park in the world. The park was established in 1922 to protect the world’s largest herd of free roaming wood bison.
This area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for the biological diversity of the Peace-Athabasca Delta, one of the world’s largest freshwater deltas, as well as the population of wild bison.
Wood Buffalo Park contains the only natural nesting habitat for the endangered whooping crane. The range is a complex of contiguous water bodies, primarily lakes and various wetlands, such as marshes and bogs, but also includes streams and ponds.
This text is inspired by the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites