Q: What is the difference between a National Park and a Sanctuary?

Asked by Karthik Rao, Bangalore

Answer: There are three important differences –

  1. All rights of people within a National Park have to be settled while rights over land can be allowed inside a Sanctuary.
  2. Grazing of livestock can be permitted inside a Sanctuary but not inside a National Park.
  3. A Sanctuary can be upgraded as a National Park. However a National Park cannot be downgraded as a Sanctuary.

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