Source: Press TV
The national park of Khar Turan, located southeast of the Iranian city of Shahrud, is believed to be the second largest biosphere reserve in the world. Khar Turan national park, with an area of around 1.5 million hectares, is the world's second largest biosphere reserve after Africa's Serengeti, says the park's Chief Ranger Ali Akbar Ghorbanloo.
Shahrud's Khar Turan, in the province of Semnan, is also home to the World's last remaining Asiatic cheetah in captivity called Delbar (meaning enchanting in Persian).
"The park is the only region in Iran that has a complete ecological pyramid," says Ghorbanloo.
Due to the park's vast scale and difficult desert situation, most of its animals and species have been able to save themselves against poachers.
The area has one of the richest diversities in terms of mammal species in the country, and has the largest population of onager in Iran as well as a good number of the two species of gazelles, wild sheep and wild goat, which ensure cheetah survival.
Persian Cheetah cubs at Turan National Park Iran 2002
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