Wildlife of Tajikistan

Endangered Pallas Cat.

Photo of an endangered Pallas cat, still present in Tajikistan.

Snow Leopard Conservation in Tajikistan

Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains are home to snow leopards, the scimitar-horned ibex, and the world’s largest wild sheep, the Marco Polo sheep (Ovis ammon poli), first described by the famous explorer of Central Asia.

The Murgab District lies in the remote far eastern portion of Tajikistan. The landscape ranges from vast flat valleys at 11,500 feet to the Pamir peaks which rise to more than 16,500 feet. This high-altitude desert gets less than 3.6 inches of annual precipitation.

Wildlife Tajikistan This web presents the activities of their project in the field of wildlife management and conservation in Tajikistan. It also provides some tourist information about the valleys and mountain ranges in which they work.

Tajikistan has very diverse landscapes rich in species and ecosystems. Less than one hundred years ago Turan tigers in the gallery forests along the large rivers were still stalking numerous wild boar and Bukhara red deer. The last Turan tiger was killed in the 1950s. Bukhara deer subsist only in few fragmented forest parcels. The mountain ranges of Tajikistan are home for several Caprinae species like the above mentioned Marco Polo sheep, the urial sheep, the screw horned goat or markhor and the ibex. These wild sheep and goat once have been abundant and widespread as petroglyphes (rock drawings), historical travel narratives and even recent reports suggest. Nowadays even the Siberian ibex, still the most widespread species is missing from large mountain areas of its former home range and may even be difficult to observe inside protected areas. The other capra species, the markhor, subsists only in fragmented small populations. The urial is in most parts of its former area under acute threat of extinction. The key reason for the fast shrinking of areas and population numbers of the ungulates is unsustainable and illegal hunting, in some cases accompanied by competition of livestock for grazing and cutting of shrubs for fuel wood.

‘Lost bird’ breeding site found in Tajikistan

Scientists discover a breeding site in Tajikistan of the large-billed reed warbler, one of the rarest known birds that ‘went missing’ for more than a century.

Wildlife – Pamirs

Wildlife is threatened in the Pamirs: not only the well-known large mammals, such as the snow leopard (see the site of the Snow Leopard Conservancy below) and the Marco Polo sheep (Ovis Poli), but also and certainly more surreptitiously the extraordinary butterflies of the Pamirs.

Birds of Tajikistan

The site «Bird of Kazakhstan» exists since 2005. All this time I observed the birds, photographed them, diarized the records, even arranged special expeditions on purpose to find some species of birds. Some authors used our photos of birds to the books. For a long time site materials are used by many internet users not only in Kazakhstan but also all over the world. But for quite some time now I as the basic author of a site much more time spend in Tajikistan, than in Kazakhstan. As I was absent in Kazakhstan there were some problems. First, there were no updates on the site. This problem still somehow solved by the materials of visitors of the site and my diaries from Tajikistan trips. Secondly, large enough numbers of the photos of the birds are without attention of visitors of a site. I illustrated the Tadjik diaries by the photos, but it’s only the small part of the all materials. Thirdly, there are not enough materials about birds of Tajikistan on the Internet and I would like somehow to fill this void

List of birds of Tajikistan – Wikipedia

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