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Conservation Facts

Population: 71.5 million
Total Area: 783.562 km2
Population density: 93 per km2
Protected Area: 0.4%
National Parks: 39
Largest Nature reserve: Beysehir National Park 888 km2

Resident Photographers:

Visiting Photographers:

Solvin Zankl

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Anatolia, the vast land mass stretches from the Bosphorus to the borders with Georgia, Armenia and the Iran. Often called a continent of its own Asia minor marks the land bridge between Europe, Asia (the Middle East) and Africa and is among the world’s 30 most species-rich countries: Almost 80.000 animal species have been recorded so far, whereas the whole of Europe has only 60.000…

Just at the political borders of Europe and Asia, off the walls of Istanbul, one of Europe’s greatest wildlife spectacles fascinates visitors each spring and fall: the migration of several hundred thousand white and black storks and many raptors that cross the bridge between the two continents supported by the strong thermic winds at times.
Wetlands and lagoons of the country’s Mediterranean coast provide some of the last refuges for good numbers of two endangered turtle species, the Green Turtle and the more commonly seen Loggerhead Turtle. Thanks to the huge efforts undertaken by the Turkish government and NGOs lead by WWF Turkey, most of the nesting sites could be preserved and a good part of the hatching turtles actually reaches the sea. Usually this wouldn’t be as easy as it is for them nowadays: Golden Jackals, Jungle Cats, Wild boar, badgers, feral dogs and birds of prey take a big toll during summer nights at the Turkish beaches.
In several sites the marine turtle species are accompanied by the giant Softshell Turtle Trionyx, whose carapax can grow to 1m in length – quite a sight for snorkelling tourists...
One of the rarest bird species in the World, the Bald Ibis, was successfully bred in captivity and released into the wild where the species founded a new colony close to Biricek.
Whilst this portrait is far from complete, we should mention the exceptional variety of almost 9,000 vascular plant species, several of which the ancestors of our domestic crops and garden beauties. And if we would start going on about the fantastic landscapes from the Taurus mountains to the Marmara Sea, this would probably never end. Oh, and did you hear the rumours about the return of the Anatolian leopard?