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Khar-Turan National Park or Touran Wildlife Refuge, Iran

Khar Turan National Park or Touran Wildlife Refuge is the second largest biosphere reserves  of Iran located in south-east of Shahrood, Semnan province of Iran.

The nature of the region as well as the biodiversity in this part of Iran contain diversity of flora and fauna, valuable genetic resources.

In 1972, this region was identified as a protected area under the control of the Department of the Environment of Iran and in 1976, Touran region received the title of biosphere reserve by UNESCO.

Khar Turan is home to one of the largest populations of the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah. There were about 12-15 of these charismatic cats in the National Park area.

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