BORISSOV PLATEAU NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL (GAME) SANCTUARY
BORISSOV Plateau National Zoological
(Game) Sanctuary (area 63,429 ha) is situated in southwestern Primorye
along the border with China (at the abutment of Nadezhdinsk, Ussuriisk
and Khasan Districts).
A larger part consists of a basalt plateau split by deep-cut small river valleys.
The sanctuary was created in 1996 to protect game animal populations and those of rare and disappearing plant and animal species and their respective habitats. The territory is represented by black spruce—broad leaved forests.
The southernmost larchwood massif and the northernmost forests with the Schmidt birch are located here.
The following rare and disappearing species inhabit the area: mammals—the Far Eastern leopard; birds—the hairy Sitta, etc.; insects—the Chinese honey bee, a group of Chinese and Korean ground beetles, and numerous endemic Coleptera.
All forms of game hunting, parking of motor vehicles, use of toxic chemicals, tourist bivouacs and camps, and presence of unleashed dogs are banned here. Prospecting of mineral resources, R & D work, hiking, and withdrawal of lands counter to the Sanctuary’s objectives are subject to control.
Yu. BERSENEV, State Committee for Environment
Conservation of Primorye Territory.