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Ergaki Nature Park

Fauna of Ergaki Nature Park

     Fauna of Ergaki Nature Park abounds in wildlife. It is represented by 10 species of fish, 4 species of amphibians, 6 species of reptiles, 244 species of birds and 62 species of mammals. Typical animals of Siberian taiga - elks, Siberian deer, roe deer, musk deer, brown bears, chipmunks, sables, squirrels, foxes.

     The brownbears are the most numerous large carnivorein the Park with around 450 individuals. Bears are active during twilight but can also be seen searching for food during the day. Hibernation lasts from around from November to April. Despite their enormous size and awkward look brown bears can be extremely fast running at speed of up to 50 km/h. They are excellent swimmers. Brown bears can climb trees to eat or escape predators, but only when they are cubs!

     The lynx is a medium-sized cat native to Siberia. It is one of the most beautiful and interesting predatory mammals. It has powerful, relatively long legs, with large webbed and furred paws that act like snowshoes. It also possesses a short "bobbed" tail with an all-black tip, black tufts of hair on its ears, and a long grey-and-white ruff. Lynxes are secretive and their presence in an area may go unnoticed for years. They hunt at night and during a day they rest in their shelter. The total size of the population in the Park is estimated to be just few individuals. The lynx is added to Red Data Book of Krasnoyarsk krai as a critically endangered species.

     The musk deer is the smallest and the only representative of the antlerless ungulate deer in Russia. The number of musk deer in the area, where Ergaki Nature Park is located now, reached 4-7 animals per km² in 1930s. In 1990s the situation changed drastically. These animals were poached for the product of the males' scent glands, ‘musk’ that is used in perfume. Only a few tens of grams could be extracted from an adult male’ glad. Nowadays the Siberian musk deer is classified as threatened by the IUCN. That is why the emblem of the Ergaki nature park is a musk deer as a symbol of rebirth.

     Three large deer species also inhabit the Park: the reindeer, the moose and the red deer. All of them are endangered species listed in Red Data Book of Krasnoyarsk krai.

     Ergaki nature park is home to four species of reptiles. One of them is the coluber.  It’s a non-venomous snake, called so because of the beautiful pattern on its back.