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Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan
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Type of site: Natural
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Date of Inscription: 2008
Location: Asia, Kazakhstan, Kazakh Uplands
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Description: Covering 450,344 ha in Northern Kazakhstan, Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes encompasses two protected areas: Naurzum State Nature Reserve and Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve. Comprising wetlands of exceptional value for migratory water birds, the site also houses globally threatened species, including the tremendously rare Siberian white crane, the Dalmatian pelican, Pallas’s fish eagle, and many more. For African, European and South Asian birds on the Central Asian flyway, these wetlands are major stopover points and crossroads on their way to breeding places in Western and Eastern Siberia. The property’s 200,000 ha Central Asian steppe areas offer a precious sanctuary for over half the species of the region’s steppe flora, numerous endangered bird species and the perilously threatened Saiga antelope, which in past times was an abundant species but has been much reduced by poaching. Positioned on a watershed between rivers surging north to the Arctic and south into the Aral-Irtysh basin, the property comprises of two groups of fresh and salt water lakes. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Saryarqa — Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan is a part of the Kazakh Uplands (known in Kazakh as saryarqa, or "yellow range") which has been designated a world heritage site by UNESCO. It was inscribed on July 7, 2008, and is the only natural world heritage site in Kazakhstan. The site comprises the Naurzum State Nature Reserve (located in Kostanay Province) and Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve (located in Akmola Province). The two reserves contain wetlands which serve as important stop-over points for migrating birds from Africa, Europe, and South Asia. It is estimated that 15-16 million birds, including many endangered species, use the site as a feeding ground. The pink flamingos in particular are a major attraction within Korgalzhyn Reserve.The site is also home to wildlife commonly found on the Kazakh steppe, including marmots, wolves, and the endangered saiga. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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