|Location||Kazakhstan, Almaty region|
|Central coordinates||78o 45.00' East 43o 18.00' North|
|Altitude||1,200 - 2,413m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description The site consists of xerophytic rocky mountains being the eastern spurs of the Zailiyskiy Alatau (Northern Tian-Shan), 180 km to the east of Almaty - the largest city of Kazakhstan. The Zhalanash Mountain valley ajoins the area from the south, and the Syugaty valley from the north. The eastern border of the IBA is the Charyn river canyon, the west border the Chilik river. The ridge slopes have a lot of ravines, with hills, and rock ledges of various size. There are several springs. The slopes are covered with sparse grassy vegetation, there are groups of bushes in the hollows, and in some gorges in the western part of the area small patches of spruce forest. The higher part of the area, especialy in the south, is a grassy hilly plateau used for pasture.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Saker Falcon Falco cherrug||breeding||2005||3-5 breeding pairs||good||A1||Endangered|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||breeding||2005||20 breeding pairs||medium||A1||Least Concern|
|Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus||non-breeding||2005||5 individuals||medium||A1||Near Threatened|
|European Roller Coracias garrulus||breeding||2006||unknown||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Alma-Atinskiy||Zakaznik||724,000||protected area is adjacent to site||0|
|Charynskiy||National Nature Park||93,150||protected area overlaps with site||5,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: pasture for sheeps, horses, cows|
|nature conservation and research||10%|
|Notes: east part of the area is included in Charyn State National Nature Park|
|Notes: Less than 5%; plots near Charyn canyon, with hign intencity.|
Other biodiversity Vegetation of the open slopes is mainly short grasses (Festuca sp., Poa sp.), in the hollows there are scattered miscellaneous herbs, of bushes Spirea sp., Rosa sp., Cerasus tianschanica, Ephedra sp., Caragana frutex are typical; Salix sp. are observed near springs, in some places there are small patches of spruce forest (Picea schrenkiana). Typical mammals: Capra sibirica, Capreolus pygargus, Vulpes vulpes, Canis lupus, Meles meles, Lepus tolai, a number of rodents - Rhombomis opimus, Citellus relictus, Microtus sp., Alticola sp. etc.
Protection status The eastern part (about 5,000 ha) is included in the Charynskiy National Nature Park. An increase in the area of the Park is planned, and this will include more of the IBA.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Toraygyr Ridge. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2014
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