Striped hyena in Turkey

Rediscovery of the Striped Hyaena in Turkey

In Turkey, striped hyena was considered to be extinct by most of the authorities until 2002 when WWF Turkey announced the first results of Southeastern Anatolia Biodiversity Research Project and Amanos Mountains Gift to the Earth Project. The surveys conducted within the framework of the projects revealed the current presence and distribution of hyena in Turkey. It was also interesting for us to note that some local communities used hyena as a supplement to their diet.

Our results suggest that the hyena is found as small isolated populations in several locations in Western and Mediterranean part of Turkey. But the main population is found in Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, ?anl?urfa, Ad?yaman, Mardin, ??rnak and Siirt in Southeast Turkey.

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