Tomsk region is located on the plains of Western Siberia, on both sides of the central part of the river Ob, so it is sometimes called the Middle Priboy.
It is adjacent to four regions of Siberia, Krasnoyarsk krai, and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District. The region exists in its present borders since 1994.
Occupying an area of about 315,000 km², Tomsk region is inhabited by a little over one million people, half of whom live in Tomsk, the administrative center of the region, located on the banks of two rivers – Tom and Ushayka.
There is a dense river network, as well as, many lakes and marshes on the territory of Tomsk region. The main water artery of the region is the river Ob. This region is a part of two natural zones – taiga and forest-steppe. In the southern districts of the region, Siberian fir is predominant, and in the northern – Siberian pine and spruce. There are 62 species of mammals on the territory of the region.
The largest animal of the local fauna is a brown bear. Lynx and sable are also common. Among the ungulates, the moose is the largest representative of the Cervidae family (deer).