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Nature Protection - Arpafund.am


NATURE
PROTECTION

Nature must be protected

We care about the preservation of the natural environment, particularly the emphasis on the protection and conservation of flora and fauna. We contribute to the reproduction of biodiversity, prevent harmful human activities on nature, maintain ecological balance and landscape diversity. “Arpa” protected landscape includes 3 landscape zonations, stretching from the semi-desert zone to the steppe zone, and sub-alpine zone.

The presence of mammals is the basis of a healthy ecosystem

The fauna includes 39 species of mammals, 14 of which are registered in the Red Book of RA, and 11 in the IUCN Red List. Among them are the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra), Marbled polecat (Vormela peregusna), the Bezoar goat (Capra aegagrus), the Armenian mouflon (Ovis orientalis), the Brown bear (Ursus arctos), the Wildcat (Felis silvestris) and the Caucasian (Persian) leopard (Panthera pardus).

Everything in the world of butterflies is colorful

“Arpa” protected landscape includes 23 rare species of butterflies, which are registered in the Red Book of Animals of RA in 2010. In addition, 4 species are included in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature: Apollo (Parnassius Apollo), Large blue (Maculinea arion), Seathorn hawk-moth (Hyles hippophaes caucasica) and Willowherb hawkmoth (Proserpinus Proserpina).

Reptiles help agriculture by reducing the number of rodents

Herpetofauna is quite rich, where 27 species are presented, 5 of which are registered in the RA Red Book. Among them are the Transcaucasian ratsnake (Zamenis hohenackeri), the Armenian viper (Vipera raddei) and the Armenian steppe viper (Vipera eriwanensis). The last two species are also listed in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Discover wider horizons at a bird’s eye-view

“Arpa” protected landscape is home to about 190 species of birds, 27 of which are registered in the Red Book of RA, and 8 species in the IUCN Red List. These birds are among them։  European roller (Coracias garrulus), monk vulture (Aegypius monachus), pallid harrier (Circus macrourus), eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca), lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), semicollared flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata) and Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus).

“Arpa” protected landscape is located within Noravank Important Bird Area (Noravank IBA) selected by BirdLife International.

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