There are 280 boars, 93 moose, 20 Siberian roe deer, 46 foxes, 82 forest martens, 273 white hare, 30 brown hares and one lynx - this is the number of inhabitants of the Zhigulevsky Reserve. The second round of winter route accountings of the number of animals was held in February. The first round took place at the end of December last year. Statistical estimates were obtained of the population density of animals in the reserve over the past winter after processing the materials of winter field work.
Accounting work was also carried out in Shiryayevskiye adit. The total number of wintering bats was 29 thousand individuals. A record number of bats overwintered in the entire history of observations is 31.5 thousand individuals in 2017.
The Zhigulevsky State Natural Biosphere Reserve named after I.I. Sprygin is a nature preservation area located in Samarskaya Luka, between the Kuybyshevsky and Saratov reservoirs. The reserve was created in 1927 and originally was named as "Sredne-Volzhsky". It was closed several times and reorganized. The territory of the Zhigulevsky Reserve has an area of more than 23 thousand hectares since 1966. Today it is located in the center of the Samara-Tolyatti industrial agglomeration, where several million people live and work.