Mammals of Turkey

See also Brown bears in Turkey

List of mammals of Turkey – Wikipedia

There are 127 mammal species in Turkey, of which 2 are critically endangered, 2 are endangered, 14 are vulnerable, and 3 are near-threatened

The Status of Mammalian Carnivores in Turkey

Turkey, a natural land bridge connecting Europe and Asia, was historically home to a myriad of mammalian species, including a full complement of carnivores such as the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica), Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata), gray wolf (Canis lupus), striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), brown bear (Ursus arctos), Anatolian leopard (Panthera pardus tulliana), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), caracal (Felis caracal), Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra), golden jackal (Canis aureus), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), European wildcat (Felis silvestris caucasica), pine marten (Martes martes), and other smaller mustelid species. Most of the largest carnivores have been extirpated while others are in decline. This article gives an account of the status of several carnivores still inhabiting Turkey. The fate of Turkey’s wildlife lies with various governmental bodies holding often conflicting agendas and handicapped by a lack of skilled personnel and funding. If Turkey’s current suite of laws can be strengthened, transparently enforced, and corruption rooted out, the long-term survival of carnivore species throughout the Middle East will be enhanced.

Mammal Watching in Turkey – excellent article

I spent a couple of days mammal watching in Turkey when I was over there on a work trip in April 2006. I planned my weekend around trying to see Mediterranean Monk Seals, of which only a few hundred remain in the world, a portion of which are at scattered localities around the Turkish coast; and Wild Goats (sometimes referred to as Bezoar Ibex) which are pretty easy to find in the right areas. In the end I wasn’t successful in my quest to see either animal, but did manage to see a few nice mammals on the way. I returned in June 2007 again for work but managed to return for a few hours to Aladag Mountain.

Wildlife Extra News – 250 endangered Mountain gazelles found in Turkey – First record in Turkey

March 2009. A group of Turkish researchers found 250 mountain living in the province of Hatay in southern Turkey.

Tolga Kankilic from Aksaray University said that a group of scientists carried out an extensive ecological and genetical study in Turkey’s south. During the study, it was found that mountain gazelle (gazella gazella), which is critically endangered, was living in Hatay.

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