Yankari in 1956 started as a game reserve and was later updated to a National Park in 1991.
So what’s the difference between a National Park and a Game reserve and a Forest Reserve?
First, ownership: A National Park is designated by the government and can never be private while a game reserve can be privately or publicly owned.
Also, the sole purpose of a Game reserve is to preserve wildlife.
A game reserve (also known as a wildlife preserve)is a large area of land where wild animals live safely or are hunted in a controlled way for sport. If hunting is prohibited, a game reserve may be considered a nature reserve.
A National Park is usually very large in landmass and can also have a game reserve in it- an example is Gashaka Gumpti Taraba State which is Nigeria Largest Park gazetted from two game reserves
Game reserves in Nigeria include:
- Borgu Game Reserve in Kainji National Park Niger State
- Falgore Game Reserve Kano State
- Kashimbila Game Reserve Takum Taraba State
- Zugurma Game Reserve also in Kanji National Park Niger State
- Ohosu Game Reserve
National Parks in Nigeria includes:
- Cross River
- Chad Basin
- Gashaka Gumti ·
- Kainji · Kamuku
- Old Oyo
Forest reserves in Nigeria
- Afi River Forest Reserve
- Akure Forest Reserve
- Akure Ofosu Forest Reserve
- Edumanom Forest Reserve
- Gujba Forest Reserve
- Idanre Forest Reserve
- Ise Forest Reserve
- Ngel Nyaki Forest Reserve
- Oba Hills Forest Reserve
- Okeluse Forest Reserve
- Okomu Forest Reserve
- Oluwa Forest Reserve
- Omo Forest Reserve
- Sambisa Forest Reserve
Which of them have you visited?