AKSU-JABAGLI : A UNESCO biosphere
reserve in southern Kazakhstan, situated 1000-4000m (3280-3120ft)
above sea level, and home to 238 species of birds, 42 species of
animals and 1300 species of plants.
Located in the southern Tian Shan Mountains and home to snow leopards,
jeirans, gazelles, arkhars and the unique Tjan-Shan fir tree.
BARSA KELMES :
Translated as ‘the land of no return’, this
island, off the northwestern Aral Sea coast, is the home of the rarest
hoofed animal in the world - the kulan.
THE WEST-ALTAI :
Situated in the Altai Mountains and home to 16
types of forest, 30 species of mammals and 120 species of birds.
Located in central Kazakhstan, this A-class
nature reserve is of international importance, and its feather-grass
steppe is home to 300 types of plant and the most northerly settlement
of flamingoes in the world.
Home to 232 species of bird, 50 species of
animal and 1000 types of plant, the reserve is set in the southern
foothills of the Altai Mountains.
Located in northern Kazakhstan and home to such
rare animals as white herons, jack-bustards, hisser swans and grave
Situated in west Kazakhstan in the Karagie
Depression, 132m (433ft) below sea level, this chalk-cliffed reserve
is the largest in the country.
BAYAN-AUL NATIONAL NATURE PARK :
Known as ‘the museum of nature’, the reserve is
located in central Kazakhstan.