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Kyrgyzstan

Ala Archa National Park is located in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, approximately 40 km south of the capital city of Bishkek. Ala archa, or striped juniper in Kyrgz, refers to the juniper forests that characterize the landscape. The park, about 200 sq kms, encompasses more than 20 glaciers and 50 mountain peaks. Wildlife in Ala Archa National Park includes mountain goats, deer, marmots, and the extremely rare snow leopard.