Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan

UNESCO
25 October 2019
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Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan is also known as the Kazakh Uplands or “yellow range.” It was added to the list of Kazakhstan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2008. Saryarka is made up of areas such as the Naurzum State Nature Reserve as well as the Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve. Both reserves are home to wetlands that are important for migratory species of birds from Europe, Africa, and South Asia. The area also boasts wildlife that is common in the Kazakh steppe, including animals such as wolves, marmots, and the endangered saiga antelope. Saryarka is an area that is popular among birdwatchers, as an estimated 15-16 million birds visit here each year.