Kurgaldzhinsky reserve – a picturesque nature conservation area in Central Kazakhstan. Extensive wetlands are habitats of curly and pink pelican, common flamingo, Savca and other rare birds. The history of the reserve began in 1968, and 50 years later, he and some other natural territories of Kazakhstan were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The reserved lands occupy the south-west of the Tengiz-Kurgaldzhinsky depression and have an area of 5432 m². On them stretched the bitter-salty drainless lake Tengiz, flowing fresh-water lake Korgalzhyn, other lakes and extended marshes. Continue reading
Sinharadzha Forest Reserve – the last of the tropical rain forests of Sri Lanka, is located in the southwestern part of Sri Lanka, northeast of Galle. There are many rare and endemic species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies. This reserve is sometimes called the “Kingdom of the Lion”, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Slovak Karst is a picturesque mountain range in Eastern Slovakia, which is famous for its unique forms of karst topography, beautiful canyons and clear mountain rivers. The natural territory began to be protected in 1973, and in 2002, a national park was created here that has the status of a biosphere reserve. Since the mid-1990s, karst caves are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The local mountains are composed of limestones and dolomites and consist of spacious karst plateaus and valleys. The highest point of the Slovak Karst rises almost 1000 meters above sea level. Continue reading