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Central Sikhote-Alin

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Introduction

The Sikhote-Alin is a mountain range in Primorsky and Khabarovsk Krais, Russia, extending about 900 kilometres to the northeast of the Russian Pacific seaport of Vladivostok. The highest summits are Tordoki Yani at 2,077 metres above sea level, Ko Mountain (2,003 metres) in Khabarovsk Krai and Anik Mountain (1,933 metred) in Primorsky Krai.

In 2001, UNESCO placed Sikhote-Alin onto the World Heritage List, citing its importance for "the survival of endangered species such as the scaly-sided (Chinese) merganser, Blakiston’s fish-owl and the Amur tiger". The World Heritage site has a total area of 16,319 square kilometres, of which the terrestrial core zone of Sikhote-Alin Zapovednik comprises 3,985 square kilometres. The core zone can only be explored in a company of rangers.

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Geography

Although Sikhote-Alin is a temperate zone, species typical of northern taiga (such as reindeer and the Ussuri brown bear) coexist with tropical species, the Amur leopard, Siberian tiger, and the Asiatic black bear. The region holds very few wolves, due to competition with tigers. The oldest tree in the region is a millennium-old Japanese yew.

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