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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  • Went, not expecting something particularly interesting (that we in zoos bison haven't seen?). Were pleasantly surprised. First of all, I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff reserve and biologists bison nursery from our guide Natalia learned a lot about bison, Kennel bizonah and inhabitants of the reserve. And, despite the snow and ice under the feet, 1.5-hour walk was wonderful. Bison in winter, stick around feeders and you can see them all day long, summer-only in the morning and after 3:00 pm.
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  • Were here in late August, cool enough all the time was rain, but we remained are very happy! We had a gorgeous tour guide and our group consisted of only 4 people. All the animals in the enclosures, but it is understandable, still it is not a Petting Zoo. It is indeed a real sanctuary, silence, fresh air: the complete feeling of unity with nature. All recommend and with children and without, it will be interesting to everyone! On the territory there is a very good gift shop, be sure to visit it, there's interesting stuff on the gift.
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  • A great trip to the nursery. Close saw several families of bison with calves. Also close was the Buffalo. Very informative and interesting excursion.
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