The Bogdinsko-Baskunchaksky Nature Reserve was founded to protect the semi-desert environment and Lake Baskunchak, the largest Russian endorheic lake. Among the specially protected sites in the reserve are Bolshoe Bogdo (Big Bogdo) Mountain, one of the southernmost peaks of the Urals, and Zeleny Sad (Green Garden) area, an oasis of forest vegetation in the semi-arid Caspian region.
The Reserve was founded on November 18, 1997.
For many centuries, Lake Baskunchak provided all of Russia with salt.
The Baskunchak surroundings were explored by many famous Russian and foreign travelers, natural scientists, and geographers: Lepekhin, Pallas, Gmelin, Tauscher, Humboldt, Claus, Bar, and others. They all noted the special features of this area as an amazing natural monument. However, many species of plants and animals in the reserve remain understudied, as are the changes these species have experienced.
The delicate natural steppe still needs to be carefully preserved.
The Reserve offers ecological tours. Usually they include the main reserve sites: Bolshoye Bogdo Mountain, Baskunchak Lake, and Sharbulak natural boundary. During one of the tours, you can observe the salt extraction process at Baskunchak.
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