Photos by Aboutaleb Nadri, Mehr News Agency
Iran's Turan National Park is situated in Semnan province, southeast of Shahrud. With a size of 1.4 million ha it is the second largest reserve in Iran. Kahr Turan is home to one of the largest populations of the critically endangeredAsiatic cheeta. There are about 12-15 of these charismatic cats in the National Park area. Occasional reports of females with cubs indicate a breeding and perhaps growing population. In addition, Turan has the largest population of Persian onager and two species of gazelles, the goitered gazelle and the Indian gazelle, both in good numbers. There are also wild sheep and wild goats in the reserve.
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