: Exploring Ukraine: Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve

16:16 May. 27, 2016

Exploring Ukraine: Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve

A pelican colony rests on Lake Razim in the Danube Delta (AP photo)

Dubbed the ecological heart of Eastern Europe the Danube Delta is home to over 5,500 flora and fauna species

Have you ever heard of a place where people move along the streets in boats? Not in Italy, but in Ukraine? And surrounded by the extraordinary beauty, amazing nature, and unique fauna?

No? But such place really exists, and it is in Ukraine.

The Danube Biosphere Reserve is located right on the border with Romania, in Odesa region near the town of Vylkove.

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This nature paradise in the Danube Delta which stretches for over 50 hectares of wetland, became a home for hundreds of rare species of plants, animals, birds and fish with m any of them on the verge of extinction.

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The Biosphere Reserve is a real bird watcher's paradise where one can spot more than 300 species of migratory and resident birds, including eagles, egrets, vultures, geese, cranes, ibises, cormorants, swans and pelicans.

The Delta's waters teem with some 160 species of fresh- and salt-water fish not to speak of various insects.

The town of Vylkove, the unofficial capital of the Ukrainian part of Danube Delta, is also unique.

Situated on a number of islets, it is called the Ukrainian Venice. Locals make their living by fishing and winemaking and move around in small, sometimes self-made vessels. In the morning, they take their cows to pasture in boats to return them home in the same way in the evening.

The visitors of Vylkove can treat themselves with delicious fish broth and homemade wine, as well as to see the famous "zero kilometer" - a place where the majestic Danube river unites with the Black Sea.

Based on reporting by navkolosvitu.net.ua

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