Striltsivskyi Steppe

Image - Marmots in the Striltsivskyi Steppe reserve, Luhansk oblast. Image - A steppe viper in the Striltsivskyi Steppe reserve, Luhansk oblast.

Striltsivskyi Steppe [Strilcivs'kyj step]. A division of the Luhansk Nature Reserve located in Milove raion, Luhansk oblast. The land was brought under administrative control in 1936 so that a remaining area of the Starobilsk steppe and wild steppe fauna would be preserved. The reserve is 479 ha in area. It contains nearly 600 species of plants and nearly 200 types of birds and animals; most notably it provides shelter for the largest colony of marmots in Ukraine.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 5 (1993).]

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