This is a great place to see Eastern Turs. Very thick cloud in July 2017 meant we had almost no opportunity to scope out the mountains and I dipped. But I returned for a night in 2022 and saw the small groups of animals quite easily in the late afternoon and early morning.
Lagodekhi Nature Reserve
This reserve protects some lovely forest with a healthy mammal population. In three nights in July 2017 we caught Radde’s Shrews, Transcaucasian Water Shrews and Major’s Pine Voles and I saw an Edible Dormouse. If you have time to trek up the mountain you should see Eastern Turs.
The scenery around Mestia is breathtaking, and despite only 3 days and some very lousy weather we found Western Turs in 2022 (thanks to the immense skill of our local guide Nika Kerdikoshvili).
Ecoturism, 2022: Jon Hall: 3 nights and 3 species including both Eastern and Western Turs.
Georgia and Armenia, 2019: Frans De Schamphelaere, 2 weeks (primarily birding) & 9 species including Eastern Tur and, a Brown Bear.
Georgia and Armenia, 2019: Jan Ebr’s account of a “few mammals while birding” over 10 days. But those few included Eurasian Lynx, Brown Bear and Eastern Tur.
Georgia, 2017: Jon Hall, 4 nights & 4 species including Transcaucasian Water Shrew and Radde’s Shrew.
Armenia and Georgia, 2013: Michal and Piotr Polanski, 10 days & 9 species including Bezoar Goat and Syrian Brown Bear.
Georgia, 1980s: Vladimir Dinets’ notes of visits to the coutry with species including various Pine Voles, Shrews and Birch Mice.
Please email me if you have tips for mammal watching in this area.