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New Project – Golestan Museum

South of the Caspian Sea, the mountains are covered with a blanket of jungle, a natural reserve protected by UNESCO . This is the land of the wolves and leopards, once called Hyrcania by the Greeks (taken from the Darius’ Behistun inscription Verkana).   

We are honored to be a taking on a new museum project in the beautiful northwestern province of Golestan! In this way, we can help contribute to the preservation of history and culture from this special region of Iran. More updates soon!

 

Persian Leopard in Golestan Natural Reserve - photo captured with sensor camera by the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation

Persian Leopard in Golestan Natural Reserve – photo captured with sensor camera by the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation

A strategic Silk Road location along the coast of the Caspian, this area has been inhabited by humans since 10,000 BC. It’s rich history extends into legends and stories beyond Iran’s borders. While it’s inhabitants continue to be largely Turkmen nomadic tribes and their Seljuq ancestors, even Alexander the Great built a long wall in efforts to claim this land.

Due to its many streams and rivers, the ancient Persians called it Beled-al-Irem “Land of Terrestrial Paradise”. It is currently known to be home to rare flora and many of Iran’s endangered species: Persian leopard, Indian wolves, Maral deer, and more.

Many thanks to Persian Wildlife Heritage Organization for their conservation efforts!

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