Tigrovaya Balka Nature Reserve

Tigrovaya Balka
Tigrovaya Balka Nature Reserve is in Tajikistan close to the Afghan border where the Vakhsh River and the Panj River join to form the Amu Darya.wikipedia
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Amu Darya

OxusOxus RiverAmu Darya River
Tigrovaya Balka Nature Reserve is in Tajikistan close to the Afghan border where the Vakhsh River and the Panj River join to form the Amu Darya.
It is formed by the junction of the Vakhsh and Panj rivers, in the Tigrovaya Balka Nature Reserve on the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, and flows from there north-westwards into the southern remnants of the Aral Sea.

Vakhsh River

VakhshSurkhobSurkhob River
Tigrovaya Balka Nature Reserve is in Tajikistan close to the Afghan border where the Vakhsh River and the Panj River join to form the Amu Darya.
The Tigrovaya Balka Nature Reserve, which was the last habitat of the now-extinct Caspian tiger in the former USSR, is located at the confluence of the Vakhsh and the Panj.

Bactrian deer

Bukhara deerCervus elaphus bactrianusBactrian wapiti
As of today, Tigrovaya Balka is still home to the original main prey of the tiger, the rare Bactrian deer.
The largest wild populations were found in 2009 in Karatchingil Nature Reserve (320-350 animals) in the neighborhood of Altyn-Emel National Park in Kazakhstan, in Badai Tugai Nature Reserve (374 animals) in Uzbekistan, and in Tigrovaya Balka Nature Reserve (>150 animals) in Tadjikistan.

Caspian tiger

Panthera tigris virgatatigerPersian tiger
The area was one of the last strongholds of the Caspian tiger, whose tracks were seen in the reserve for the last time in 1953.
In 1938, the first protected area Tigrovaya Balka, was established in Tajikistan.

Tajikistan

TadjikistanTajikRepublic of Tajikistan
Tigrovaya Balka Nature Reserve is in Tajikistan close to the Afghan border where the Vakhsh River and the Panj River join to form the Amu Darya.

Afghanistan

AfghanIslamic Republic of AfghanistanAfghans
Tigrovaya Balka Nature Reserve is in Tajikistan close to the Afghan border where the Vakhsh River and the Panj River join to form the Amu Darya.

Panj River

PanjPyanjAb-i-Panj
Tigrovaya Balka Nature Reserve is in Tajikistan close to the Afghan border where the Vakhsh River and the Panj River join to form the Amu Darya.

World Wide Fund for Nature

World Wildlife FundWWFWorldwide Fund for Nature
The 460 km 2 reserve is described by the WWF as the most important nature reserve in Central Asia, because of its large size and ecological diversity.

Tugay

tugaiEkhiin-GolTugay forests
In addition it is very important for rare species of tugay, or riparian forest, ecosystems. The climate is continental and dry, the different habitats of Tigrovaya Balka comprise semideserts, savanna-like grasslands with pistachio trees and tugay vegetation with poplars, Russian silverberry and high grasses.

Pistachio

pistachiosPistacia verapistachio nuts
The climate is continental and dry, the different habitats of Tigrovaya Balka comprise semideserts, savanna-like grasslands with pistachio trees and tugay vegetation with poplars, Russian silverberry and high grasses.

Populus

poplarpoplarspoplar tree
The climate is continental and dry, the different habitats of Tigrovaya Balka comprise semideserts, savanna-like grasslands with pistachio trees and tugay vegetation with poplars, Russian silverberry and high grasses.

Elaeagnus angustifolia

Russian oliveoleasterE. angustifolia
The climate is continental and dry, the different habitats of Tigrovaya Balka comprise semideserts, savanna-like grasslands with pistachio trees and tugay vegetation with poplars, Russian silverberry and high grasses.

Striped hyena

hyenaHyaena hyaenastriped hyaena
Other larger species of the reserve include striped hyenas, golden jackals, swamp cats, wild boars, goitered gazelles, porcupines, the introduced nutrias, gray wolves, red foxes and in hills also urials.

Golden jackal

Indian jackaljackalCanis aureus
Other larger species of the reserve include striped hyenas, golden jackals, swamp cats, wild boars, goitered gazelles, porcupines, the introduced nutrias, gray wolves, red foxes and in hills also urials.

Jungle cat

Felis chausjungle catsSwamp cat
Other larger species of the reserve include striped hyenas, golden jackals, swamp cats, wild boars, goitered gazelles, porcupines, the introduced nutrias, gray wolves, red foxes and in hills also urials.

Wild boar

boarSus scrofawild boars
Other larger species of the reserve include striped hyenas, golden jackals, swamp cats, wild boars, goitered gazelles, porcupines, the introduced nutrias, gray wolves, red foxes and in hills also urials.

Goitered gazelle

Persian gazelleGazella subgutturosasand gazelle
Other larger species of the reserve include striped hyenas, golden jackals, swamp cats, wild boars, goitered gazelles, porcupines, the introduced nutrias, gray wolves, red foxes and in hills also urials.

Porcupine

porcupinesHystrixquills
Other larger species of the reserve include striped hyenas, golden jackals, swamp cats, wild boars, goitered gazelles, porcupines, the introduced nutrias, gray wolves, red foxes and in hills also urials.

Coypu

nutriaMyocastoridaeMyocastor
Other larger species of the reserve include striped hyenas, golden jackals, swamp cats, wild boars, goitered gazelles, porcupines, the introduced nutrias, gray wolves, red foxes and in hills also urials.

Wolf

wolvesgray wolfgrey wolf
Other larger species of the reserve include striped hyenas, golden jackals, swamp cats, wild boars, goitered gazelles, porcupines, the introduced nutrias, gray wolves, red foxes and in hills also urials.

Red fox

Vulpes vulpesfoxred
Other larger species of the reserve include striped hyenas, golden jackals, swamp cats, wild boars, goitered gazelles, porcupines, the introduced nutrias, gray wolves, red foxes and in hills also urials.

Urial

arkharLadakh urialOvis orientalis vignei
Other larger species of the reserve include striped hyenas, golden jackals, swamp cats, wild boars, goitered gazelles, porcupines, the introduced nutrias, gray wolves, red foxes and in hills also urials.

BirdLife International

birdlifeInternational Council for Bird PreservationBird Life International
The reserve has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports significant numbers of the populations of various bird species, either as residents, or as overwintering, breeding or passage migrants.

Important Bird Area

Important Bird AreasIBASites
The reserve has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports significant numbers of the populations of various bird species, either as residents, or as overwintering, breeding or passage migrants.

Overwintering

overwinteroverwinterswintering
The reserve has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports significant numbers of the populations of various bird species, either as residents, or as overwintering, breeding or passage migrants.