Babaneuri Strict Nature Reserve

Babaneuri Strict Nature Reserve

The Babaneuri Strict Nature Reserve is located in the Akhmeta municipality of Kakheti Region, on the foot of the Greater Caucasus Mountains.

The 862-hectare area is located at the altitude of 380-1100 meters above sea level. The entrance to the protected area is permitted only for educational and non-manipulative scientific research.

Babaneuri Strict Nature Reserve was founded in 1960, and its main purpose was the conservation of a rare relic tree - the Zelkova carpinifolia forest. The height of this plant reaches 20-30 meters and is up to 90 cm in diameter. 

More than 220 species of plants belonging to 60 families live in the nature reserve. Most of them are included in the "Red Book" of endangered species of Georgia. On the nature reserve territory, in addition to the Zelkova tree, there is a walnut tree (Juglans regia), swamp oak (Quercus pedunculiflora), Pterocarya pterocarpa, boxwood (Buxus colchica), rosehip, medlar, small-flowered, and other attractive plants. 

Since the territory of the reserve is small, large mammals do not live here - if one is lucky, it is possible to catch a glimpse of a roe deer, bear, or wolf, and meeting a Caucasian squirrel, otter, wild cat, marten, hare or fox is no surprise at all. 

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