The wildlife and landscapes of Uzbekistan are highly diverse. The high mountains in the country’s territory with summits between 2,500 and 4,600 m above sea level include the Ugam, Korjantau and Chatkal Ranges in the southwestern Tien Shan and the Turkestan, Zeravshan and Hissar Ranges in the Pamir-Alai system. In the central part of Uzbekistan there are the Nurata Mountains, the Aktau and Karatau Ranges and the Bukantau Mountains in the Central Kyzylkum.
The deserts of Uzbekistan, Kyzylkum and Karakum, are no less interesting.
There are 23 protected areas, reserves and national parks in Uzbekistan covering a total of 20.5 thousand km2 (5% of the country’s territory).