Pontic steppe

WWF Abstract

The Danube River drains only a small portion of this ecoregion, and its delta occupies just a triangle on a map, but its role is enormous. A vast wetland--one of the four largest in Europe--marks the river’s mouth on the Black Sea. In this steppe ecoregion, numerous rivers and the riparian forests that grow along their banks intersect open meadows and savannas. Abundant shrubland and thicket habitat exist where conditions are favorable. The shrublands provide excellent cover for species that would otherwise be exposed in the grasslands, including European rabbits, European mink, hares, and red foxes.
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Biome:Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Countries:Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine
Area:245,631,998 acres (99,403,743 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Protected Areas

Askaniya-Nova Biosphere Reserve National Biosphere Zapovednik
Bogdinsko-Baskunchaksky State Nature Reserve
Chernomorskiy National Biosphere Zapovednik
Chernye Zemli Biosphere Reserve Zapovednik
Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve
Durankulak Lake
Khvalynsky National Park
Orenburg State Nature Reserve
Rostov State Nature Preserve
Ukrainskii Stepnoi Zapovednik Nature Zapovednik
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER