Barsakelmes Nature Reserve
Barsakelmes is a home for rare and endangered animals.
Barsakelmes Nature Reserve, established in 1929, is located on a mysterious island of the same name and is one of the most unusual reserves in Kazakhstan. Barsakelmes covers an area of 160 hectares. On its territory research work is constantly carried out: climate change analysis, the search for the causes of desertification, and the study of the relief and the biosphere formation.
Some rare animals and plants thrive in the reserve. The local flora numbers 278 species of plants, including colorful tulips, Calligonum, and saxaul. The fauna includes a large number of invertebrates, reptiles, birds and 28 species of mammals, including endangered ones.
In Barsakemes Reserve there is a large library. Joint research with the institutes is regularly conducted on its territory, aimed at maintaining and studying the reserve's ecosystems.