Krasnodar, 20 May. The anniversary of the Caucasian State Natural Reserve was reportedly celebrated in Sochi last week. The reserve was founded 96 years ago, although the attempts to organise a natural reserve in the Caucasus area had been made earlier. It was the fact of annihilation of wild animals of the West Caucasus, especially European bison, that had played a key role in the establishment of the protected natural reserve in the area.
Now the reserve is a nature conservation, research and educational institution.
“By preserving the wild nature for future generations, we should [at the same time] give a chance for the tourists to see the unique and untouched wild nature and understand that there are very few such nooks left on our planet, and get them involved in preservation of the forests, lakes, and the animal world,” Sergei Shevelev, Director of the Caucasian State Natural Reserve, said.
Presently, more than 1,150 bison live in the reserve.
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