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Aktau MountainsUstyurt Plateau

Set up in 1984, with 223,000 ha the Ustyurt Nature Reserve covers a great portion of the Ustyurt plateau. There are no permanent water flows but there occur drainless basins of which the largest is Barsakelmes, 70x30 km in size. The reserve protects 261 species of plants, 27 animal species and 111 species of birds. Reptiles are quite widespread: 27 species a.o. the large and endangered Monitor lizzard. Other rare species include the Ustyurt muflon, the long-needled hedgehog, Persian gazelle, Karakal lynx, golden eagle, short-toed eagle, Egyptian vulture, saker falcon.
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