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The Caucasus hotspot's diverse range of habitats - high mountains, deserts, savannas and forests - contain a large number of endemic plant species, including 3 relict rhododendrons. It is also home to the highly threatened Caucasian tur, the endemic Caucasian snowcock, and 20 endemic reptile species.
Dykh-Tau summit, main ridge in Bezengi region, Kabardino-Balkaria, main ridge of Central Caucasus Mountains, Russia, October 2013.  -  Dr.  Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Dykh-Tau summit, main ridge in Bezengi region, Kabardino-Balkaria, main ridge of Central Caucasus Mountains, Russia, October 2013.
Klukhor lake on the passage to Abkhazia, with alpine flowers in the foreground, Teberdinsky Nature Preserve, Karachayevo Cherkessiya,  Western Caucasus, Russia, July 2006  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Klukhor lake on the passage to Abkhazia, with alpine flowers in the foreground, Teberdinsky Nature Preserve, Karachayevo Cherkessiya, Western Caucasus, Russia, July 2006
Caucasian Brown frog (Rana macrocnemis / holtzi) in habitat, high Pontus mountains. Turkey. October 2007.  -  Bert  Willaert
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Bert Willaert / Caucasian Brown frog (Rana macrocnemis / holtzi) in habitat, high Pontus mountains. Turkey. October 2007.
Caucasian / Caspian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caucasicus) in Caucasian highlands, the Western Caucasus, Teberdinsky Nature Preserve, Russia  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Caucasian / Caspian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caucasicus) in Caucasian highlands, the Western Caucasus, Teberdinsky Nature Preserve, Russia
West Caucasian tur (Capra caucasica) Female,  Highlands of West Caucasus Mountains in the Bezengi area, Kabardino-Balkaria Republic, Kabardino-Balkarsky State Nature Reserve, Russia.  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / West Caucasian tur (Capra caucasica) Female, Highlands of West Caucasus Mountains in the Bezengi area, Kabardino-Balkaria Republic, Kabardino-Balkarsky State Nature Reserve, Russia.
Dombai-Ulgen peak with Rhododendron luteum plant, Teberdinskii reserve, NW Caucasus, Russia.  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Dombai-Ulgen peak with Rhododendron luteum plant, Teberdinskii reserve, NW Caucasus, Russia.
Caucasian rhododendron (Rhododendron caucasium) flowers with Mount Elbrus in the distance, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy / Caucasian rhododendron (Rhododendron caucasium) flowers with Mount Elbrus in the distance, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008
Juvenile male Caucasus viper (Daboia raddei / Vipera kaznakovi), Georgia, September.  -  Bert Willaert
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Bert Willaert / Juvenile male Caucasus viper (Daboia raddei / Vipera kaznakovi), Georgia, September.
West Caucasian tur (Capra caucasica) close up portrait, Abago, Kavkazsky Zapovednik, Russia, July.  -  Dr.  Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / West Caucasian tur (Capra caucasica) close up portrait, Abago, Kavkazsky Zapovednik, Russia, July.
Caucasus Mtns, Bezengi Valley and Bezengi Wall, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia.  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Caucasus Mtns, Bezengi Valley and Bezengi Wall, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia.
The bellflower (Campanula bibirshteinii) in Alpine belt of W Caucasus, Teberdinskiy nature reserve, Russia, July, 3500 m  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / The bellflower (Campanula bibirshteinii) in Alpine belt of W Caucasus, Teberdinskiy nature reserve, Russia, July, 3500 m
Birch (Betula sp) forest, Amanauz Valley near Dombay, Teberdinsky biosphere reserve, Caucasus, Russia, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy / Birch (Betula sp) forest, Amanauz Valley near Dombay, Teberdinsky biosphere reserve, Caucasus, Russia, July 2008
Forest line on Western Caucasus Mountains with Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana) near Djuga ridge, Russia, March 2013.  -  Dr.  Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Forest line on Western Caucasus Mountains with Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana) near Djuga ridge, Russia, March 2013.
West Caucasian tur (Capra caucasica) in mixed forest, Djuga, Kavkazsky Zapovednik, west Caucasus Mountains, Adygea, Russia, March.  -  Dr.  Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / West Caucasian tur (Capra caucasica) in mixed forest, Djuga, Kavkazsky Zapovednik, west Caucasus Mountains, Adygea, Russia, March.
Bellflower (Campanula petrophila) in snow. Caucasus endemic species, Abago, Kavkazsky Zapovednik, Russia, June.  -  Dr.  Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Bellflower (Campanula petrophila) in snow. Caucasus endemic species, Abago, Kavkazsky Zapovednik, Russia, June.
Northern Ossetia, Severo-Osetinsky Zapovednik Caucasus Mountains, Russia.  -  Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Northern Ossetia, Severo-Osetinsky Zapovednik Caucasus Mountains, Russia.
Mixed forest with Nordmann Fir (Abies nordmanniana), Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Caucasian spruce (Picea orientalis) and Caucasian birch (Betula medwediewii), Kavkazsky Zapovednik, west Caucasus Mo...  -  Dr.  Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Mixed forest with Nordmann Fir (Abies nordmanniana), Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Caucasian spruce (Picea orientalis) and Caucasian birch (Betula medwediewii), Kavkazsky Zapovednik, west Caucasus Mo...
Mixed forest with Nordmann Fir (Abies nordmanniana), Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Caucasian spruce (Picea orientalis) and Caucasian birch (Betula medwediewii), Kavkazsky Zapovednik, west Caucasus Mo...  -  Dr.  Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Mixed forest with Nordmann Fir (Abies nordmanniana), Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Caucasian spruce (Picea orientalis) and Caucasian birch (Betula medwediewii), Kavkazsky Zapovednik, west Caucasus Mo...
Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana) forest, with fresh snow, Western Caucasus Mountains, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, March 2013.  -  Dr.  Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana) forest, with fresh snow, Western Caucasus Mountains, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, March 2013.
Caucasian lily (Lilum monadephum) in flower, Mount Cheget, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy / Caucasian lily (Lilum monadephum) in flower, Mount Cheget, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008
Bellflower (Campanula petrophila) in snow. Caucasus endemic species, Abago, Kavkazsky Zapovednik, Russia, June.  -  Dr.  Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Bellflower (Campanula petrophila) in snow. Caucasus endemic species, Abago, Kavkazsky Zapovednik, Russia, June.
Forest line in valley near Teberda settlement, foothills of Caucasus Mountains, Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia. October 2013.  -  Dr.  Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Forest line in valley near Teberda settlement, foothills of Caucasus Mountains, Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia. October 2013.
Dombai-Ulgen Mt. (4042m), the highest peak of W Caucasus mountains, and Dombai-Ulgen river, Teberdinskiy Zapovednik / Reserve, Karachayevo Chekessiya, Russia, October.  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Dombai-Ulgen Mt. (4042m), the highest peak of W Caucasus mountains, and Dombai-Ulgen river, Teberdinskiy Zapovednik / Reserve, Karachayevo Chekessiya, Russia, October.
Boduki lake, Teberdinskiy Zapovednik / Reserve, West Caucasus mountains, Karachayeco Cherkessiya, Russia  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Boduki lake, Teberdinskiy Zapovednik / Reserve, West Caucasus mountains, Karachayeco Cherkessiya, Russia
Mixed forest with Nordmann Fir (Abies nordmanniana), Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Caucasian spruce (Picea orientalis) and Caucasian birch (Betula medwediewii), Kavkazsky Zapovednik, west Caucasus Mo...  -  Dr.  Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Mixed forest with Nordmann Fir (Abies nordmanniana), Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Caucasian spruce (Picea orientalis) and Caucasian birch (Betula medwediewii), Kavkazsky Zapovednik, west Caucasus Mo...
The Dargvi Gorge seen from Gudauri on the Georgian Military Highway. Greater Caucasus, Georgia, September.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / The Dargvi Gorge seen from Gudauri on the Georgian Military Highway. Greater Caucasus, Georgia, September.
Alpine meadows with Caucasian scabious (Scabiosa caucasica) in Bezengi gorge, July, 3000m. W-C Caucasus, Kabardino-Balkarskiy nature reserve, Russia  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Alpine meadows with Caucasian scabious (Scabiosa caucasica) in Bezengi gorge, July, 3000m. W-C Caucasus, Kabardino-Balkarskiy nature reserve, Russia
Caucasian rhododendron (Rhododendron caucasium) flowers, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy / Caucasian rhododendron (Rhododendron caucasium) flowers, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008
(Rhododendron caucasicum) flowering, Subalpine zone of Caucasus mountains. Teberdinskiy Zapovednik reserve, Karacheyevo Cherkessiya, Russia  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / (Rhododendron caucasicum) flowering, Subalpine zone of Caucasus mountains. Teberdinskiy Zapovednik reserve, Karacheyevo Cherkessiya, Russia
Caucasian rhododendron (Rhododendron caucasium) with Mount Elbrus in the distance, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy / Caucasian rhododendron (Rhododendron caucasium) with Mount Elbrus in the distance, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008
Caucasian rhododendron (Rhododendron caucasium) flower with Mount Elbrus behind, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy / Caucasian rhododendron (Rhododendron caucasium) flower with Mount Elbrus behind, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008
Small waterfall with (Rhododendron caucasicum) flowering, Teberdinsky Nature Reserve, Western Caucasus, Russia  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Small waterfall with (Rhododendron caucasicum) flowering, Teberdinsky Nature Reserve, Western Caucasus, Russia
Waterfall with Rhododendron caucasicum, Caucasus mtns, Karachaevo Cherkessiya, Russian  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Waterfall with Rhododendron caucasicum, Caucasus mtns, Karachaevo Cherkessiya, Russian
Caucasian rhododendron (Rhododendron caucasium) flowers, Murudzhu area, Teberdinsky Nature Preserve, Western Caucasus, Russia, July 2006  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Caucasian rhododendron (Rhododendron caucasium) flowers, Murudzhu area, Teberdinsky Nature Preserve, Western Caucasus, Russia, July 2006
Mount Ushba (4,710m) just on the Georgian side of the border, just before sunset, seen from Elbrus, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy / Mount Ushba (4,710m) just on the Georgian side of the border, just before sunset, seen from Elbrus, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION
Autumn landscape, Buu-Ulgen valley with view on Buu-Ulgen peak (3917m) Teberdinsky Zapovednik,  Caucasus Mountains, Karacheyevo Cherkessiya, Russia  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Autumn landscape, Buu-Ulgen valley with view on Buu-Ulgen peak (3917m) Teberdinsky Zapovednik, Caucasus Mountains, Karacheyevo Cherkessiya, Russia
Alpine meadow with flowers, Mount Elbrus in the distance, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy / Alpine meadow with flowers, Mount Elbrus in the distance, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008
Alibek valley near Dombay seen from inside an ice-cave, Teberdinsky biosphere reserve, Caucasus, Russia, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy / Alibek valley near Dombay seen from inside an ice-cave, Teberdinsky biosphere reserve, Caucasus, Russia, July 2008
Caucasus frog (Rana macrocnemis) Murudzhu area, Teberdinsky Nature Preserve, Western Caucasus, Russia, July  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Caucasus frog (Rana macrocnemis) Murudzhu area, Teberdinsky Nature Preserve, Western Caucasus, Russia, July
European green toad (Bufo viridis) calling, vocal sac inflated, in a pond (at 2,711m) Adylsu valley, side valley to Baksan valley and Elbrus, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy / European green toad (Bufo viridis) calling, vocal sac inflated, in a pond (at 2,711m) Adylsu valley, side valley to Baksan valley and Elbrus, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008
Caucasian Brown frog (Rana macrocnemis / holtzi) high Pontus mountains. Turkey. October.  -  Bert  Willaert
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Bert Willaert / Caucasian Brown frog (Rana macrocnemis / holtzi) high Pontus mountains. Turkey. October.
The volcanic Mount Sherkhota seen from Gudauri on the Georgian Military Highway. Greater Caucasus, Georgia, September.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / The volcanic Mount Sherkhota seen from Gudauri on the Georgian Military Highway. Greater Caucasus, Georgia, September.
Caucasian toad (Bufo verrucosissimus), Mtirala National Park, Georgia, September.  -  Bert Willaert
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Bert Willaert / Caucasian toad (Bufo verrucosissimus), Mtirala National Park, Georgia, September.
White Winged Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogaster) male perched on rock. Greater Caucasus, Georgia, September.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / White Winged Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogaster) male perched on rock. Greater Caucasus, Georgia, September.
Old male Great rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla) on rock, Mount Cheget, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy / Old male Great rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla) on rock, Mount Cheget, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008
Old male Great rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla) on rock, Mount Cheget, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy / Old male Great rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla) on rock, Mount Cheget, Caucasus, Russia, June 2008
Caucasian chiffchaff (Phylloscopus lorenzii) Murudzhu area, Teberdinsky Nature Preserve, Western Caucasus, Russia, July  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Caucasian chiffchaff (Phylloscopus lorenzii) Murudzhu area, Teberdinsky Nature Preserve, Western Caucasus, Russia, July
Kruper's Nuthatch (Sitta kruperi) Djuga, Kavkazsky Zapovednik, west Caucasus Mountains, Adygea, Russia, March.  -  Dr.  Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Kruper's Nuthatch (Sitta kruperi) Djuga, Kavkazsky Zapovednik, west Caucasus Mountains, Adygea, Russia, March.
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