The Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Biosphere Reserve named after Mikhail Zablotsky is an island of wilderness in the most densely populated region of Russia.
It is the only reserve of the Moscow region, which is situated 12 km from Serpukhov town. It is located on the terraces of the valley of the Oka River, covered with pine and mixed forests. In the reserve, there grow 981 species of vascular plants. This unique territory supports diverse ecosystems like swamps with commonly northern sundews and cranberries, and typical southern steppe vegetation.
This is one of the smallest reserves in Russia. However, the area of about 5 thousand hectares is inhabited by 142 species of birds and 57 species of wild mammals. The main attraction of the reserve is a European bison – a wild wood ox, the largest ungulate animal in Europe, a contemporary of the mammoth, which recently was on the blink of extinction. Visiting the Prioksko-Terrasny Reserve is a great opportunity to relax in the nature and to get unforgettable experience of meeting a herd of European and American bison in the forest.