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Photos: Golestan National Park in Autumn

Photos by Abutaleb Nadri, Mehr News Agency

The arrival of autumn has brought beautiful sceneries to Golestan National Park in northern Iran.

Golestan National Park is a National Park in Iran. It is situated in Golestan Province between the eastern parts of the Alburs Mountains and the western fringes of the Khorasan-Kopet Dag. It comprises 91,890 ha. Golestan National Park reaches from 1000 to 1400 m above sea level and has a variety of habitats, like temperate broad leaf forests, graslands, shrubs and rocky areas. The fauna is very rich and consists of leopards (Panthera pardus), wolves (Canis lupus), wild boars (Sus scrofa), maral deer (Cervus elaphus maral), roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), urial (Ovis ammon arkali), wild goats (Capra aegagrus) and goitered gazelles (Gazella subgutturosa) vor. (source: wikipedia)

Golestan National Park's Description (source: UNESCO World Heritage Centre):

A mountainous area with temperate rain forest ecosystems, lush steppes, scrub woodlands, high rocky cliffs, hills, undulating terrain and lotic and lentic ecosystems (rivers, springs and marshes). The variety of habitats in the area has led to considerable flora and fauna richness in the park. This beautiful area and its various sceneries is the oldest national park in the country which has been protected since 1956. Today this park faces serious problems and urgent measures to solve them are not adopted, and other similar representative examples are not protected as sort of protective support, it will not keep its values even the mid-term one. (read more)

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