Yelanets Steppe Nature Reserve

Mykolaiv region

About park

The reserve occupies the largest part of the virgin steppe in the North-Western Black Sea coastal area. It is a real oasis of wildlife among the endless ploughed fields, where picturesque gullies and plains are home to many representatives of flora and fauna. 

 

The flowering golden feather grass (Stipa pulcherrima), the silver waves of which can be seen in spring and early summer, is the jewel of the reserve steppe and its “brand identity”. The diversity of plants in all seasons creates a unique beauty of the reserve’s landscapes, paints them in different colours, and decorates it with fragrant flowering herbs. 

 

There are few large animals among the fauna of Yelanets Steppe, because the territory of the reserve is not very large. However, you will still meet giant animals here. For example, an American bison. Its height can reach 2 metres and weight more than a ton. About forty years ago, three animals were brought here from the Askania-Nova Biosphere Reserve. Here they live under semi-free conditions in the enclosure (a fenced area of ​​the steppe with an area of ​​about 70 ha). Now, the number of bison is 25 individuals. Visit Yelanets Steppe Reserve, get acquainted with these giants and feel the beauty and depth of the Ukrainian steppe.

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What to do

Visit centers, museums
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Eco-trails
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30.1 sq.m.

Area


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1

route

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1,5 km

length of the route

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3

springs

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69

rare animal species

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29

rare plant species

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1

building

Warning!

Any tourist, recreational, and economic activities on the territory of Yelanets Steppe Nature Reserve are prohibited. But everyone willing to see the beauty of the steppe with their own eyes can walk along "Dyvo-step" educational trail from early April to mid-October. During the tour you will be acquainted with the history of the reserve, its flora and fauna, the life of the inhabitants of the enclosure. The educational trail is for pedestrians only.

International statuses

How to get here

By train

The nearest railway stations Mykolaiv and Voznesensk.

By bus

There is a bus service from the villages of Yelanets, Kalynivka, towns of Voznesensk, Nova Odesa. 

By car

From Mykolaiv – 90 km (1.5 – 2 hours) 
From Kyiv 239 km (7 hours) 
From Voznesensk – 34 km (1 hour) 

By plane

The nearest airports are in Mykolaiv, Kherson, Odesa.

Contacts


55553, Ukraine, Mykolaiv region, Voznesensk district, village of Kalynivka
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