Aksu-Zhabagly is the first and oldest nature reserve in Central Asia and Kazakhstan. Our reserve was organized on July 14, 1926 by the Council of People's Commissars of the Kazakh ASSR.
The decree on the organization of the reserve indicates that it was established "with the aim of completely preserving the rivers Aksu and Zhabagly with all their tree and shrub plantations, grassy cover and wildlife inhabiting this reserve - as a natural monument". The Zhabagyly river is two times shorter from Aksu and twice as narrow. Due to the admixture of clay, the water turns yellow, and sometimes red. The rivers are fed by glaciers. There are about 114 glaciers in total, the largest are Bugulutor and Shungulduk.
There are 27 small lakes on the territory of the reserve, all of them located at an altitude of 3000 to 3500 m, i.e. where there is a constant snow line. Amazing animals and plants inhabit these mountains. According to the latest data, there are 267 species of birds in the reserve, 52 - mammals, 11 - reptiles, 3 - amphibians. The flora of the reserve consists of 1737 plant species, of which 63 are algae, 63 are mosses, 64 are lichens, 235 are mushrooms, 1312 species of higher plants, including 17 species of trees and 62 species of shrubs.