Altiaghaj National Park

Baku, April 11, AZERTAC

Azerbaijan has eight national parks that you can relax in, picnic, and just get out of the city.

The landscape of the south-eastern ridge of the Major Caucasus is protected within the Altiaghaj National Park. The park aims to restore the region's rich diversity of flora and fauna. Protected species which can be found in the region include wild boar, roe deer, bears and lynx. Most of the park is an area of deciduous broadleaved forest.

The Park was established in August 2004. The National Park is located in Khizi and Siyazan districts. It was created in an area of 11,035 hectares on the base of Altiaghaj State Natural Reserve and adjacent state owned forest lands. The main objective in the creation of the National Park is to ensure the conservation of basic components of the natural landscape of the southeastern slopes of the Greater Caucasus, the rehabilitation of flora and fauna species, the implementation of environmental education along with tourism and recreation.

The largest river in the area is Atachay. Taking its origin at a height of 1870 meters in Dubrar Mountain, the Atachay river flows into the Caspian Sea.

The main tree species are Caucasian oak, Caucasian hornbeam, oriental beech, ash and birch. Shrub species occurring in the area include hawthorn, dog-rose and blackberry. Roe deer, brown bear, wild boar, lynx, raccoon, hair, fox, squirrel, wolf of mammals and pheasant, partridge, eagle, thrush, goatsucker, ring-dove of birds are found in the National Park.

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