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Askania-Nova Biospheric reserve

The history of the reserve

Askania-Nova biospheric reserve was founded in 1828. When one representative of the German lineage bought these lands for cheap for the aims of sheep breeding. The name “Askania-Nova” (i.e. New Askania) was given to a reserve some time later, and a zoo was started to be built in the second half of the 19th century and was opened in 1886.

The reserve flora and fauna

The animals lead their regular lifestyle on the territory of the reserve, as in cages, so in wild. The fauna reserve has more than 1 000 representatives. There are spacious cages in the zoo for the animals, the space is much more than enough for them. Tourists may also feed animals with those that the guide advises and only under his/her strict control.

If in the wild the local types of plants prevails upon the exotic, in the half-wild – in Askania-Nova botanical garden there are also exotic types of bushes, trees and other plants. It is unlikely that you will be able to study all of them, you will be told only about the most interesting representatives.


There are three excursions for the visitors in Askania-Nova biospheric reserve:

  1. Botanical garden – two hours or so you will be told about the flora of the reserve, bushes, trees and other plants there are from different corners of the world.
  2. Zoo – devote a couple of hours to the fauna representatives. Local and exotic types of animals will not leave you indifferent.
  3. Wild plains – you will walk on the wild plains of Askania Nova and see the animals from a distance that get together in the wild condition, as good as it is possible.

Children are offered sales on entry tickets.

You can visit Askania-Nova botanical garden and a zoo only from the middle of April till the beginning of November, not in other days.

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