Royal Hunting Grounds
A number of natural sites have only survived in a relatively unspoiled state because their use was once reserved to local Royalty for the purpose of hunting. WHS inscribed on Natural Criteria which were once "Royal Hunting Grounds".
|Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest||..King Sigismund also built a new wooden hunting manor in Bialowieza.... The forest was declared a hunting reserve in 1541 for the protection of wisent (European Bison).|
|Chitwan National Park||"The habitat had been well protected as a royal hunting reserve from 1846 to 1951 during the Rana regime" (AB)|
|Donana National Park||Coto Donana was once commissioned and preserved as a hunting park for over 500 years. ... It was the favorite hunting reserve of Alfonso X, Ferdinand II, Charles V, Phillips II and V and also Alfonso XIII|
|Hill Forts of Rajasthan||Ranthambore Fort - the Jaipur Rajput Maharaja's former hunting grounds (AB ev)|
|Keoladeo National Park||The park was a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Bharatpur, a tradition dating back to 1850, and duck shoots were organised yearly in honor of the British viceroys. In one shoot alone in 1938, over 4,273 birds ....were killed|
|Manas Wildlife Sanctuary||The area was initially the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Cooch Behar and the Raja of Gauripur. It was declared a protected area - Manas Sanctuary, as early as 1928, but the hunting rights of the royal families were not revoked. The sanctuary finally turned fully protected when it became a Tiger Reserve in 1973, and a national park in 1990.|
|Primeval Beech Forests||"The grand dukes of Mecklenburg-Strelitz were passionate about hunting and for this reason the forests around Serrahn are virtually untouched. Forestry use played a minor role. From a modern point of view a valuable and unique natural area was able to be created. " (Muritz NP)|
|Southern Öland||royal hunting park until 1801 (nom file)|
|Western Ghats||Part of Western Ghat WHS is Periyar National Park which was a private game sanctuary by the maharaja of Travancore to stop the encroachment of tea plantations. Founded as Nellikkampatty Game Sanctuary in 1934, it was consolidated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1950 after the political integration of India, and designated as a national park in 1982.|
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