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7 Unique Wild Animals of Turkey

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Turkey's 7 Rare Wild Animals

Original homeland of several species, Turkey has very rich diversity of fauna with its wildlife and marine fauna. Here are the 7 unique wild animals in Turkey we need to protect together for a better future.

Diversity of Habitats

Anatolia is the original homeland of several endangered species. For instance, the fallow deer comes from the foothills of the Taurus Mountains between Antalya and Adana. Few people are aware that the Anatolia leopard is one of the largest of graceful cats, and another member of the Anatolian fauna. Aegean and Mediterranean shores of the country provide a refuge for Mediterranean monk seals and Caretta Caretta sea turtles. Turkey is also an important habitat for breeding birds like, northern bald ibis, white headed duck, blue cheeked bee eater, spur winged plover and black francolin that are under the threat of extinction.

Today, the mountains and national parks still abound with wildlife such as brown bears, wild boars, lynxes, wolves, mountain goats, water buffaloes, leopards and over 400 species of birds. If you are lucky, you might just spot them in their natural habitat.

Let's protect the diversity of wild animals in Turkey together for a better future.

7 of Turkey's Wild Animals

Fallow Deer: Fallow deer is a small European deer which is yellowish brown with white spots. Intertwined with ancient history, Mount Gulluk Termessos National Park offers wildlife refuge to the beautiful fallow deer.

Anatolian Lynx: Lynx is a large wild cat that has no tail and lives in forests. Wild and elegant, the Eurasian lynxes make their home in the Ciglikara Nature Reserve, under thousand year old trees.

Caretta Caretta: Caretta Caratte is a brown turtle with a very large head, occurring chiefly in warm seas. With its peaceful and unique nature that astounds every visitor, Patara has been a safe haven for Caretta Caretta sea turtles for years.

Mediterranean Monk Seal: Inhabiting the clear waters of Mediterranean, the Mediterranean monk seals are an exciting and rare sight to behold. It is a large sea animal that eats fish and lives around coasts.

Northern Bald Ibis: Known as kelaynak in Turkish, the northern bald ibis is a migratory bird found in barren, semi desert or rocky habitats, often close to running water. This bird species is almost being extinct in the world. The colony of these species lives only in Birecik, on the Euphrates in southeastern part of Turkey.

Black Vulture: One of the biggest birds of Anatolia, black vulture is a large bird that eats dead animals. The safe and serene nature of Soguksu National Park in Kizilcahamam and Mount Turkmen in Eskisehir has been sanctuaries for the endangered black vultures.

Brown Bear: With its magical beauty in the wintertime, Uludag National Park is also home to many rescued and rehabilitated brown bears.

Turkey's 7 Rare Wild Animals

Eurasian Lynx, Sarikamis, Kars