The Serengeti National Park was created in 1951 as a nature reserve occupying a vast territory in Northern Tanzania (14,763 km²). In the Masai language, the Serengeti means “Endless Plains”. This is a very accurate description, since the park is the largest in Tanzania, it is located on a plateau, at an altitude of 914-1829 meters above sea level.
Approximately comparable to the territory of Northern Ireland and considered to be one of the largest nature reserves in the world, the Serengeti is famous for having 35 types of mammals, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hyenas, hippos, buffaloes, rhinos, baboons and antelopes, and also over 500 species of birds. Many of these animals are not found anywhere else in the world. Continue reading
The yew-box grove is a picturesque part of the Kolkhida forest, which is located on the southeastern slopes of Akhun mountain in the Khostinsky district of the Big Sochi resort. The nature monument occupies an area of 301 hectares and is part of the Caucasus Biosphere Reserve. Thousands of yew yews, Caucasian endemic plants and relict species that have survived on Earth since preglacial times grow here. For most of the year, the yew-boxwood grove is filled with bird singing. In the protected forest there are more than 50 rare species of flora and fauna under protection. The territory of the grove is unique and is included in the UNESCO list of natural World Heritage sites. Continue reading