In the foothills of Talasskiy Alatau range located
one of the most fascinating highlights of Southern Kazakhstan - the Aksu-Dzhabagly
Canyon - which is the first nature reserve in Central Asia obtained the status
of UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1934.
It has a total area of 750 sq km on the altitude from
1000 to 4000 m and gives a home to 42 species of animals including the rare
snow leopard, which is in danger of extinction, 238 birds, number insects and
1300 spieces of vegetation. The one have the chance to see the bear, ibex or
some rare birds.
There are also the petroglyphs and the remains of
cathedral dated to 5-7 centuries B.C. located at 3000 metres above sea level.