Saryarka — Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan

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Saryarka — Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan
UNESCO World Heritage site
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Kazakh Uplands.
Location Kazakhstan
Includes
Criteria Natural: (ix), (x)
Reference 1102rev
Inscription 2008 (32nd Session)
Area 450,344 ha (1,112,820 acres)
Buffer zone 211,147.5 ha (521,757 acres)
Coordinates 50°26′0″N 69°11′20″E / 50.43333°N 69.18889°E / 50.43333; 69.18889Coordinates: 50°26′0″N 69°11′20″E / 50.43333°N 69.18889°E / 50.43333; 69.18889
Saryarka — Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan is located in Kazakhstan
Saryarka — Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan
Location of Saryarka — Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan in Kazakhstan.

Saryarka — Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan is a part of the Kazakh Uplands (known in Kazakh as saryarka, or "yellow range") which has been designated a world heritage site by UNESCO.[1] It was inscribed on July 7, 2008.[2] (see List of World Heritage Sites in Kazakhstan) The site comprises the Naurzum State Nature Reserve (located in Kostanay Province) and Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve (located in Aqmola Region). 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.[3] The pink flamingos in particular are a major attraction within Korgalzhyn Reserve.[4]

The site is also home to wildlife commonly found on the Kazakh steppe, including marmots, wolves, and the endangered saiga.[4] Korgalshyn nature reserve, being a part of world heritage site, is one of the most popular areas in Kazakhstan in terms of birdwatching [5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Kazak Uplands". Britannica Online. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Twenty-seven new sites inscribed". UNESCO. July 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Eight new natural wonders for the World Heritage List". International Union for Conservation of Nature. July 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  4. ^ a b "Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve". Oriental Express Central Asia. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  5. ^ "Nomadic Travel Kazakhstan". Retrieved 2012-03-12. 

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