Elevation: 800 m
Site description: The site
comprises Shaazan Lake and Kherlen river valley, located in its south. There is
large agricultural field in the north of the lake and water of the lake is used
to irrigate farm fields. The lake is surrounded by tall grassy steppe zone. There
is a tourist camp located on the eastern shore of the lake. the main road to
Ulaanbaatar passes through the site. Domestic dogs are causing disturbance to
birds, catching chicks and scaring them.
Importance for birds: Globally
threatened bird species such as Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides) and
White-naped Crane (Grus vipio) breed
an oversummer at the site, while Asiatic Dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus)
and Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) regularly occur here. Whooper Swan (Cygnus Cygnus) and
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra),
listed in Red Data Book of Mongolia, occur. Thousands of Demoiselle
Cranes (Anthropoides virgo) and
ducks stopover at the lake in the autumns.
and fauna: Rare mammals
such as Mongolian Gazelle (Procapra gutturosa), Siberian Marmot (Marmota
sibirica), Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Corsac Fox (Vulpes corsac) and European badger (Meles meles)
occur at the site.