Iran National Parks

Wetlands and islands of Bakhtegan lake are suitable habitats for birds. Bakhtegan, with a surface area of 3,500 square kilometres (1,400 sq mi), is Iran's second-largest lake.

Located in Esfahan province, this region became wildlife refuge in 1975. Goitered gazelle and leopard are the two threatened animal species of the region.

Golestan Biosphere Reserve is located in the northern part of Iran at the border to Turkmenistan. It belongs to the Caucaso-Iranian highlands and is situated in-between the sub-humid and semi-arid Caspian regions. The biosphere reserve represents three bio

Kavir National Park lies in the central province of Semnan. The park encompasses landscapes of desert and steppes, and is sometimes known as "Little Africa," for its safari-like wildlife

Iran Protected Areas

Turan is home to one of the largest populations of the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah. Khar Turan has the largest population of Persian onager and two species of gazelles, the goitered gazelle and the Indian gazelle, both in good numbers.

Having an area of 66933 ha, this Mazandarn Province-located region was designated protected area international wetland in 1969 and 1975, respectively.

Located in the north of Persian Gulf in the Khuzestan Province, this wetland area was designated wildlife refuge in 1972 and was later registered as an international wetland in 1975.

Located in Semnan and Golestan province, this beautiful region became a protected area in 1967 and later wildlife refuge in 1975. High diversity of ecosystems including mountainous Hyrcanian forests as well as arid plains has given the region a highly valu

Located in Mazandaran Province, the area was later promoted to wildlife refuge in 1975 and was registered on the international Wetlands list in 2003

Located in East Azarbaijan Province, the region has an area of 96952 ha and limited plain lands.

This rolling land, one the Iranian historical game reserves, was designated area in 1964 and was promoted to a wildlife refuge in 1975

Protected since 1964, Mooteh is the best place for wildlife safaris to watch beautiful deers

Khabr and Rochun region which has been protected 1971 was later designated wildlife refuge in 1975 and its vast central part was promoted to national park

Located in Mazandaran Province with proper infrastructure and beautiful forest landscapes, this refuge has a great potential for tourist attraction

The region in Mazandaran Province was selected to keep Persian fallow deer in 1963. Beautiful forest landscapes, proper access roads and the presence of Persian fallow deer in the region. Have attracted researchers and other people interested in nature

Located in Zanjan Province, the region is one of the main habitats for Armenian wild sheep.

Located in Gilan Province, Lavandevil is a unique remainder of Hyrcanian plain forests

Located in Yazd province, Boroueeyeh wildlife refuge is a mountainous, plain rolling land. This region was designated wildlife refuge in 2002 mainly aimed at protecting the species of goitered gazelle, wild goat and wild sheep.

This area, one of the Iranian historical game reserves, has been protected since 1970s especially to preserve the urial population and its plant diversity. It was the promoted to wildlife refuge in 2002. The refuge is located in Razavi Khorasan Province in

Having been protected since 1996 aimed at protecting goitered and kavir habitats, the area was designated wildlife refuge in 2002. A protective jebeer gazelle reproduction plan is administered in an enclosed 30 ha area of the region. Proximity to populati

It is Iran’s latest biosphere reserve registered in UNESCO (June 2015). Tang-e-Sayyad Sabzkouh is a biosphere reserve in southwestern province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari. Land subsidence, geological activity and the melting ice caps have formed several w

Located on the south bank of the border river of Aras, this beautiful 80654 ha mountainous region in East Azarbaijan Province was first designated as a protected area in 1973.

Сovering extents of Tehran and Mazandaran Provinces, this 398853 ha region was designated protected area in 1967 thanks to its high biodiversity, various biomes and eye-catching landscapes. The region constitutes two distinct northern and southern slopes.

Aimed at protecting suitable habitats for the rare species of houbara bustard as well as goitred gazelle and Pleske’s ground jay, this region was designated protected area in 1990. The area is located in Yazd Province and has an area of 229107 ha. The alti

Located in Kohgilueh and Buyer Ahmad and Esfahan Provinces, this mountainous 93660 ha area has been protected 1990 thanks to its intact nature and biological richness. The region is mountainous and has permanent glaciers and high-flow rivers. The altitude

Having been protected since 1965, Marakan is one of the oldest protected areas of Iran. With an area of 103983 ha, the region borders the Aras River in East and West Azarbaijan Provinces. The altitude range of 720-2100 m and mean annual precipitation and t

Covering an area of 160534 ha, this region was designated protected area in 1996. It is amountainous. Plain and roling land compose of Kalleh Gavi Mountains, Kuh-eSyah and Bidiyeh and Kabootarkhan salty plains, located in Kerman Province. The altitude rang

Covering an area of 97437 ha, this region is located in Markazi Province and designated protected area in 1973. It is a mountainous ara with rolling hills and plans in the north and west, located adjacent to Mighan Kavir. The altitude range of 1580 to 2960

Located on the southern slopes of central Alborz mountains adjacent to Tehran. This 26907 ha area has been protected since 1982. The altitude range of 1700-3900 m and mean annual precipitation and temperature of 700mm and 5 C, respectively have resulted in

Covering extents of Fars and Hormozgan provinces, this 209671 ha area has been protected since 1974. The altitude range of 200-2660 m and mean annual precipitation and temperature of 130 mm and 25 C, respectively have resulted in warm extra-arid and temper

This 1589ha area which was gesignated protected area in 1971, was manage as national park during the period of 1976-1982. The region is a mountainous area located in North Khorasan provicing bordering Turkmenistan. The altitude range of 1400-2900m, mean an

This mountainous rolling land which has been protected since 1973 under the name of Shah Jahan, was later renamed to Sarigol in 1982. Located in North Khorasan Province, this 21309 ha area is situated in the west of Sarigol national park. The protection o

This region was designated protected area in 1973. Salouk protected area has an area of 11677 ha and is located in the west of Salouk national park in North Khorasan Province. The altitude range of 1140-2780 m and mean annual precipitation and temperature

Region was designated protected area in 1968 and was promoted to national park in 1974. The small northern part of this was later designated protected area again in 1982. Tandoureh protected area is located in Razavi Khorasan Province with an area of 9250

Located in semnan Province, this 64563 ha mountainous and plain area has been protected since 1967. Parvar borders Dodangeh wildlife refuge and Boola protected area. The altitude range of 1190-3300 m, mean annual temperature of 12 C and mean annual precipi

Having an area of 1280 ha, this region is located in the northwest of Anguran wildlife refuge and has been protected since 1970. This mountainous rolling land is located in Zanjan Province. The altitude rangr of 1240-3320 m and mean annual precipitation an

Located in glain and Ardabil Provinces, this 31142 ha area has been protected since 1969. Lisar is composed of three distinct parts namely plains mountainous forests and upland rangelands. The altitude range of -20-3000m, mean annual precipitation of 600-1

Located in Chahar Mahall and Bakhtiari Province, this 22896 ha mountainous and plain area has been protected since 1973. The central part of the region was then promoted to national park in 1995. The altitude range of the region was then promoted to nation

An area of 25344 ha, this region was designated area in 1996. It is a plain rolling land with numerous springs located in Qazvin Province. The altitude range of 1320 to 2120 m, mean annual minimum and maximum temperatures of -5 and 38 C, respectively and

Covering an area of 16089 ha, this region was designated protected area in 1990. Located in Hamedan Province, it’s a mountainous and plain area with an altitude range of 1800-22 820 m and mean annual temperature and precipitation of 9 C and 350 mm, respec

Having an area of 199651 ha, this region was designated protectad area in 2001. Covering protions of Esfahan and Yazd Provinces, the region is a plain encompassing some mountains and having salt lands. Siah Kuh Kavir is located in the area. The altitude ra

Aimed at protecting Armenian sheep and wild goat, this region was designated protected area in 2001. It is a 10337 ha area in Hamedan Province. The altitude range of 1580-2840 m and mean annual precipitation and temperature of 400 mm and 9 C respectively h

Iran Wildlife

The Asiatic cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus), also known as the Iranian cheetah, is a critically endangered cheetah subspecies surviving today only in Iran. It used to occur in India as well, where it is locally extinct. The Asiatic cheetah lives main

The Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) is a medium-sized cat native to European and Siberian forests, Central Asia and East Asia. It is also known as the European lynx, common lynx, the northern lynx, and the Siberian or Russian lynx. While its conservation status

The bezoar ibex (Capra aegagrus aegagrus) is a vulnerable subspecies of wild goat, native to Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iraq, Iran, Russia and Turkey. It has been extirpated from Lebanon. They were also introduced to the Florida Mountains o

The Caspian red deer (Cervus elaphus maral), is one of the easternmost subspecies of red deer that is native to areas between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea such as Crimea, Asia Minor, the Caucasus Mountains region bordering Europe and Asia, and along the C

The Persian fallow deer is a rare ruminant mammal belonging to the family Cervidae. Its taxonomic status is disputed, with some maintaining it as a subspecies of the fallow deer, while others treat it as a separate species, Dama mesopotamica, where the Spa

The Caspian seal (Pusa caspica) is one of the smallest members of the earless seal family and unique in that it is found exclusively in the brackish Caspian Sea. They are found not only along the shorelines, but also on the many rocky islands and floating

The Persian leopard (Panthera pardus ciscaucasica syn. Panthera pardus saxicolor), also called the Caucasian leopard, is the largest leopard subspecies, and is native to northern Iran, eastern Turkey, the Caucasus mountains, southern Turkmenistan, and part

The Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus) is also known as moon bear and white-chested bear. It is a medium-sized bear species and largely adapted to arboreal life. It is found in the Himalayas, in the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent, Korea, northe

The chukar partridge or chukar (Alectoris chukar) is a Eurasian upland gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae. It has been considered to form a superspecies complex along with the rock partridge, Philby's partridge and Przevalski's partridge and treat

The Laristan Wild Sheep is one of the rarest kinds of wild sheep in the world, living only in Laristan, Fars Province, to Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan. It is also one of the smallest wild sheep and its numbers have sharply declined in the recent decades. There

The Persian onager (Equus hemionus onager), also called the Persian wild ass or Persian zebra, is a subspecies of onager (Asiatic wild ass) native to Iran.

Iran Natural Wonders

Jashak Salt Dome is one of the largest and most beautiful salt domes Iran the Middle East and the natural attraction of Bushehr province.

Based on the abundant resources of nature and the landscape, especially its exceptional Geology, a Geopark was established in the Western part of Qeshm Island. Qeshm Geopark as the only Geopark in the Middle-East has been registered by the Global Network o

Iran Lakes

The Lake is one of the amazing tourist attractions in Kurdistan Province, situated at an altitude of 818 meters (2,683 feet), it has remained a tranquil spot.

The Gahar Lakes are called "The Jewel of Mount Ashtaran," and are considered as two of Iran's most stunning lakes. There is a no hunting/fishing policy in the vicinity of the lakes. The best way to get there is to hike.

Urmia Lake is Iran's largest and the world's third-largest salt lake. Lake Urmia is home to some 212 species of birds, 41 reptiles, 7 amphibians, and 27 species of mammals, including the Iranian yellow deer...

Parishan Lake, also known as Lake Famour, is situated southeast of Kazeroun in the southern Province of Fars. Without a doubt, it is one of the most beautiful places to visit. The lake is calm and quiet throughout spring and summer, but in autumn the winds

Evan Lake, in the Province of Qazvin, is situated in the historic Alamout area, home to the world-famous Alamout fortress, which was once the headquarters of the Ismaili sect, led by Hassan Sabbah between the 11th and 13th centuries.

Neor Lake is located in a hilly area south of the Iranian Province of Ardabil, 48 km. southeast of the city of Ardabil, in an altitude of 2,700 m. above sea level. Its depth is approximately 5 meters in the middle. Total area of this lake is about 2,200 m²