Its emblem was the flamingo, one of the showiest of the species found in the area. The Krasnovodsk Gulf was added to the reserve in 1968, bringing a new emblem, the coot. The reserve includes the offshore sanctuary of Ogurchinsky Island, to which permission to visit is not usually given to non-specialists. This is home to thousands of Caspian seals as well as a protected population of goitred gazelle, established on the island in the 1980s. The Hazar Reserve is particularly celebrated for its diverse population of wintering birds: Turkmenbashy Gulf and the coast to the south offer excellent opportunities for ornithologists.