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1. Natural Reserve "Fănaţele Pui" (13 ha)
Fânațele Pui is a protected area of national interest, which corresponds to IUCN category IV (nature reserve, botanical reservation). Included in the Haţeg Land Geopark, has an area of 13.0 ha and represents a vegetation area with fragments of some relict molluscs: Peucedano (rocheliani) - Molinietum, vegetation from the end of the quaternary glaciation.
2. The "Şura Mare Cave" natural reserve
The opening of the monumental cave, nearly 40 m high and 12 m wide at the base, rivals the entrances of the much more famous Fortresses of Ponor or Huda lui Papară Cave.

The cave has an active, unique gallery of 3,143 m long, which is hard to walk, as the dry areas alternate with lakes, waterfalls and huge boulders. The first room, which penetrates after a water course, has the ceiling over 40 m high. Archaeological excavations with notable results were made here.

Approximately 2,300 m away from the entrance, it enters the Great Hall, the most spectacular area of ​​the cave. The walls and ceilings of the room are adorned with parietal drains, canopy shapes and different colors, and the floor is covered by cascade holes, perhaps the most famous in the country. After the Great Hall, the cave continues about 800 m, after which a deep trap stops the advance.

After Huda lui Papară Cave, Șura Mare hosts the second largest bat-colony in Romania. The pipistrellus colony is about 350 m from the entrance, and at higher heights there are walls and colonies of Miniopterus schreibersi.
Entrance precaution
It is recommended only to well-trained speleologists in trained teams. Neoprene suits, waterproof, insurance ropes, lighting sources are required.
3. The natural reserve "Ohaba-Ponor Fossil Site" (10 ha)
The Ohaba - Ponor fossil site is a protected area of national interest that corresponds to IV IUCN category (paleontological nature reserve).
The natural reserve included in the Grădiştea Muncelului-Cioclovina Natural Park is situated in Şureanu Mountains, near the village of Ohaba-Ponor.
The protected area has an area of 10 hectares and is a fossil point that hosts fossil molluscs of mesozoic and tertiary age.
4. Natural Park "Grădiştea Muncelului-Cioclovina" (38,184 ha)
The natural area is located in the Șureanu Mountains (a mountainous group of the Șureanu-Parâng-Lotrului Mountains, belonging to the Southern Carpathian Mountains), in the southern part of Hunedoara County, on the administrative territories of the communes Baru, Boșorod, Bănița, Orăştioara de Sus and Pui .

The natural park includes among its limits six of the most spectacular natural reserves of Hunedoara County: Ponorâci-Cioclovina karst complex, Tecuri cave, Şura Mare cave, Crivadia gorge, Ohaba-Ponor fossil site,

At the same time, there are the archaeological sites in UNESCO Patrimony at Sarmizegetusa Regia, Costesti, Blidaru, Luncani-Piatra Roșie, Bănița, Fețele Albe and the authentic ethnographic settlements in Platforma Luncanilor.
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