Russia Wildlife Highlights
Given its tremendous size, it is no surprise that Russia hosts an incredible variety of ecosystems and associated wildlife. Temperate forests cover 70% of the country - making up a third of all temperate forest on Earth – but other habitats range from the steppe grasslands of the south to the frozen tundra and Arctic deserts of the far north. Bitterly cold winters and harsh conditions mean wildlife here is scarce, although reindeer, enduring temperatures as low as -50ºC, form herds numbering millions. Other wildlife found here include the Arctic fox, walrus and polar bear, which can be found breeding on the remote Wrangel Island in large numbers.
Far East Russia is home to over one hundred endangered species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.
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