Barsa-Kelmes Nature Reserve

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Barsa-Kelmes Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Barsa-Kelmes Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Barsa-Kelmes Nature Reserve
Location Kyzylorda RegionKazakhstan
Coordinates 45°38′07″N 59°54′30″E / 45.63528°N 59.90833°E / 45.63528; 59.90833Coordinates: 45°38′07″N 59°54′30″E / 45.63528°N 59.90833°E / 45.63528; 59.90833
Area 160 826
Established 1939

Barsa-Kelmes Nature Reserve is a wildlife refuge on the former island of Barsa-Kelmes in Kyzylorda Region of Kazakhstan, in Central Asia.

It was founded in 1939. The island on which the reserve is situated is in the Aral Sea. Its territory is around 300 square kilometres. Some 250 species of plants constitute its flora. Its fauna numbers 56 species of animals, and includes, among others, the Transcaspian wild ass, goitered gazelle, corsac fox, and Eurasian wolf. There are 203 bird species in the area.

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