In the south-east of the country, off the coast of the Amu Darya, there are unique tugai nature reserves. Among them is the Badai-Tugay nature reserve. The zone was created in the 70s to protect the tugai forests off the coast of the Amu Darya and restore the habitat of the Bukhara deer.
The area of the Badai-Tugay reserve is 6462 ha.
Flora and fauna
In addition to the tugaiy forests in the reserve, you can see reed beds and steppe meadows. Poplar, goat, willow and reed grow in the Badai-Tugay protected area. The animal world is represented by many species of various birds, mammals and 15 species of fish. Here, for the most part, there are: wild boar, tolai hare, fox, jackal, reed cat (the largest cat in Central Asia), badger, weasel, steppe ferret, big-eared hedgehog and numerous rodents.
Bukhara deer, or Hangul, occupies a special place among protected animals. After the development of tugai forests by humans, the Bukhara deer, previously numerous in number, was almost completely crowded out of its original habitats. In the Amu Darya, fish species such as thorn, large and small Amudarya pseudopods, pike, asp, Aral barbel, bream, Chekhon, common carp, catfish, pike perch and grass carp are found in the Amu Darya. The world of birds is diverse, a buzzard, an ordinary kestrel, a gray pigeon, a long-eared owl, a white-winged woodpecker, a small dove, a house owl, a crested lark, a magpie, a black crow, a jackdaw, a great tit, a lane, a sparrow, a black kite and a tuvik live on the territory of the reserve. . A specially protected species of Badai-Tugay birds is the Khiva pheasant.