Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Reserve, Serpukhovsky District

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Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Biosphere Reserve is one of Russia's smallest zapovedniks, sprawling over an area of 5,000 hectares along the left bank of the Oka River in the Serpukhov District of Moskva Oblast. It was established in 1945 as part of the Moscow Nature Reserve and is home to 900 plant species, 130 bird species, and 54 mammal species. A wisent nursery was established in 1948 to populate the region with European bisons from the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Western Caucasus. There is also a small herd of American bisons.Birds of the Prioksko-Terrasny State Biosphere ReserveOn the territory of the Prioksko-Terrasny state nature biosphere reserve, covering 4945 ha, 134 species of birds from 14 orders (Ciconiiformes, Anseriformes, Falconiformes, Galliformes, Gruiformes, Charadriiformes, Columbiformes, Cuculiformes, Strigiformes, Caprimulgiformes, Apodiformes, Coraciiformes, Piciformes, Passeriformes) had been registered by 1991. Later 5 more species were observed here. Thus, by the present time, the list of species of birds registered in the Reserve numbers 139 species. About 55% from them are Passerines. Most of birds of the Reserve belong to migratory breeding species or to nomadic breeding species. Some species are vagrants in the Reserve and in the Moscow Region (nutcracker Nicifraga caryocatactes (L.), etc.). Birds, nesting in central parts of Russia and on the territory of the Prioksko-Terrasny Reserve, in autumn are migrating to south-west. Part of them are wintering in southern regions of Russia and near the Black Sea, others are flying to south-western part of Europe: the Balkans, the Apennines, South France, South Germany. The rest migrate across the Mediterranean Sea and fly to Northern Africa.
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  • Visit the most interesting time of the year. All bison and bison feeders and have posing visitors and summer forage and forest lot, with the words jekskursoyoda in summer can be observed only from afar. Admission is 400 USD, with an excursion while visiting 2:00. Really liked it.
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  • Located near the Oka River in Serpukhov district reserve-not only amazingly beautiful protected nature area, but serious scientific base. Particularly interesting here in winter, when the bison fit close to the feeder, i.e. they can be addressed. And the Museum of nature of this reserve. Professional guides, interesting animals-tour will be remembered for a long time. Visits are only possible in organized tours, which are formed on an hourly basis. Time- -2 1.5 hours
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  • Were in the reserve with a guided tour. 1.5 hours walking and familiarity with bison and bizonami. But then the Museum-a small but very soulful, where you can see the local fauna of forests. There are even stuffed casually deceased bison. The rest are not killed, and buried in the cemetery, which is also located nearby. Children can ride the tube-slope. There are also two Panda Park, but it's already summer entertainment. In winter, the animals graze quite close from the feeders. But their food can only leave in special chests, animal feed can only employees.
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