Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Sikhote-Alin - RUSSIA - UNESCO #766
Today I received one more UNESCO World Heritage Site from Russia (I've almost completed that country), this time a Natural site called Sikhote-Alin, on the far east extreme of Russia, between the Pacific Ocean and the border with China, and another of those places I've never heard of - apparently a true animal sanctuary, home of the few remaining wild Siberian tigers. Thank you very much Kate for this postcard and the awesome stamps you used. With this card I reach the 399 different WHS (only 582 to finish). This postcard took 13 days to arrive!
The Sikhote-Alin mountain range contains one the richest and most unusual temperate forests of the world. In this mixed zone between taiga and subtropics, southern species such as the tiger and Himalayan bear cohabit with northern species such as the brown bear and lynx. The site stretches from the peaks of Sikhote-Alin to the Sea of Japan and is important for the survival of many endangered species such as the Amur tiger.