The list was presented for the centenary of Barguzinsky, the first state nature reserve in Russia. The reserve was included in the WWF’s list because of its status as the oldest nature reserve in Russia as well as the place that helped revive the sable population in Russia. By the time of its foundation on Jan. 11, 1917, these animals were on the verge of extinction due to people hunting them for their fur.
The list also included Galichya Gora in the Lipetsk region, which is Russia’s smallest reserve. This protected area of 2.3 square kilometres hosts more than 650 plant species, while the Great Arctic Reserve in the Krasnoyarsk region is considered to be the largest in the country with an area of 42,000 square kilometres.
The Leopard’s Land National Park in the Primorsky region is remarkable for being the habitat for two members of the cat family that are both protected by the Red Book, the Amur tiger and the Far Eastern leopard.
Also on the list is the Wrangel Island reserve in Chukotka, which is home to 300 to 500 female polar bears and the world’s largest population of Pacific walruses.
The list also included the Pechora-Ilych Nature Reserve in the Komi Republic, which is remarkable for the pillars of Manpupuner, which are one of the seven wonders of Russia.
In addition, the selection of WWF Russia included Prielbrusie, Russia’s highest national park, which is located in Kabardino-Balkaria and is home to Mount Elbrus, both Russia and Europe’s highest peak at more than 5.6 kilometres high.