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    Naybandan Wildlife




    Introduction: Having an area of almost 1,517,000 ha and located in Yazd Province, it is the largest Wildlife Refuge in Iran and most important habitat for cheetahs, with an estimated 12 to 15 cheetahs living there. It has been protected since 1994 and designated as a Wildlife Refuge in 2001. The region is a plain with hills, mountains and vast salt lands. Frequent springs and wells are the main water supplies of the area. The occurrence of moving sand dunes and saxaul (Haloxylon sp.) shrub stands are a unique characteristic of the region. Lying along the ancient route of the Silk Route, historical caravanserais have been left standing throughout the region. It has an altitude of 600 m to 3,000m and a mean annual temperature varying between 14.5°C to 19.5°C and mean annual precipitation ranging from 50mm to 150mm, resulting in hyper-arid and warm arid climates.


    Plant species:
    Over 200 plant species have been identified, including mountain almond (Amygdalus scoparia), fig (Ficus sp.), tamarisk (Tamarisk sp.), goat’s wheat (Atraphaxis sp.), bean caper (Zygophyllum fabago), giant fennel (Ferula ovina) and bitter apple (Citrullus colocynthis).

    Wildlife species:
    Wildlife includes jebeer gazelle (Gazella bennettii), wild sheep (Ovis vignei), wild goat (Capra aegagrus), hyena (Hyaena hyaena), Blanford’s fox (Vulpes cana), caracal (Felis caracal), MacQueen’s bustard (Chlamydotis macqueenii), Pleske’s ground jay (Podoces pleskei), chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar), see-see partridge (Ammoperdix griseogularis), Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), eagle (Aquila sp.), desert horned viper (Cerastes gasperettii) and monitor lizard (Varanus griseus).


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    Location: Yazd province.

    Walking path length: Depend on your plan

    Days of trip: 3 or 4 Days from Tehran to Tehran

    Best time to visit: November to March

    Daily time visit: No limit, but in summer it is very hot.

    Difficulty level: Moderately easy, (night camping with no facilities)

    Requirements: Guide or GPS track, water, food, warm and waterproof clothes and tent, satellite phone, headlamp

    Legal permission need: Yes


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    Overall risk: -

    Animal risk: Yes

    Lost risk: Yes

    Rescue: Yes, you can call 115 but rescue teams need a long time to find you.

    GSM Mobile Antenna: No


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    Hotel: No

    Village: No

    Shop: No

    Gasoline: No


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    How to get there:
    1- Go to Bayhaghi or south terminal of buses in Tehran
    2- Take a bus ticket to Tabas
    3- Take a taxi to the site



    Nearest airport: No airport less than 100 km

    Nearest train station: No stationless than 100 km

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