The Askania-Nova Nature Preserve, in Kherson region in the south of Ukraine, is a unique place in Europe, where one can find a pristine feather-grass steppe. This amazing silvery grass is among the rarest of plants. However, it is not only the feather-grass that makes Askania famous. The preserve was established in the late 19-th century by Friedrich von Falz-Fein, a pioneer conservationist, on the territory of his estate. It was one of the world’s first attempts to preserve and protect the wild steppe.