In winter, employees of the Badhyz reserve deliver food to the places of gazelles and argali assembly

One of the most unique and most beautiful places of our country are the lowlands, covered with pistachio light forests and located at the junction of the borders of Turkmenistan, Iran and Afghanistan, between the rocky ridges of Kopetdag and Paropomiz. The nature of these places is famous for its extensive pastures, winter huts. Now here is located the Badhyz State Nature Reserve for the preservation in a natural form of this unique corner of our Motherland.

According to the testimony of travelers of the 13th century, they had to walk through forests for several days. Unfortunately, we do not know the composition of these forests of the middle Ages. At the end of the 19th century, the botanists working here found the plant cover of Badhyz in the same state that we observe today. The climate of these places has two distinct periods - droughts and rains - and refers to the Mediterranean type. The first season lasts from May to October, and the second - from October to May. Characterized here are lower summer temperatures and more severe winters than in the neighboring areas of the Karakum desert. Once every few years, twenty-degree frosts occur. Snow cover usually lays not more than 10 days, but in separate winters, it can hold up to one month.

In such conditions, the most difficult is the herbivore. In the Badkhyz reserve for ungulates, which makes up the gold fund of this nature conservation area are stored more than sixty thousand tons of hay of natural grasses. On frosty days, workers deliver food to the places where the animals are most concentrated. One of them is the drain less depression of Eroilanduz, where in bad weather the main quantity of gazelles and argali is accumulated. Specialists of the reserve also control the movement of livestock, which is expected to replenish by spring.