Karakala is one of the most important protection areas
of the Persian Leopard in Central Asia. The World Wildlife
Fond is envolved in the protection of this rare species
The Syunt-Khasardag nature reserve includes the ecosystems
of the Western Kopetdag mountains (dry subtropics) and
the neighboring plains. Here, 37 species of mammals and
217 species of birds can be found.
The Flora of the Western Kopetdag includes 1,266 species
of higher plants, which belong to 233 genera and 500 families;
among these, 150 species are endemic.
The reserve incorporates the mountainous Syunt-Khasardag
regions (since 1990) and the Aidere Gorges west to the
5 hours drive from Ashgabat the Karakala Region requires
min 2-3 days to be visited. Special documentation should
be arragnged at least 14 days before arrival.
Please refer to the Nokhur
Area for further information about this fascinating
Itineraries for Karakala:
Ethnographic Tour (addition)