Zagatala State Reserve was
established on the area of 252 km² on of Zagatala and Balakan
districts in the central part of southern slopes of the Caucasus; in Azerbaijan.
The territory of the reserve has been altered for several times and
gradually reached 238 km². The reserve aims to protect
Sub-Alpine plants of southern slopes of the Major Caucasus and the
natural complexes of Alpine and nival zones. The reserve is famous
for such ancient plants as rhododendron, cherry-laurel, blackberry,
maple, fern, etc. It also has a rich fauna, that includes among
others the Caucasian mountain buffalo, fox, forest cat, lynx,
squirrel, weasel, etc are found in this reserve.
In 2005-2006 there were suggestions to expand the reserve territory
of the Zagatala State Reserve. The Ministry of Ecology and Natural
Resources had announced that they had confirmed to expand Zagatala
State Reserve in 2007.
- Zagatala Reserve Natural reserves of