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Turkey’s first wildlife corridor links bear, wolf and lynx populations to Caucasus forests

Feb. 13, 2012

By Cagan Sekercioglu for National Geographic

Turkey is the only country covered almost entirely by three of the world’s 34 global biodiversity hotspots: the Caucasus, Irano-Anatolian,and the Mediterranean. At the nexus of Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, Turkey’s location, mountains, and its encirclement by four seas (Black, Marmara, Aegean, and Mediterrenean) have resulted in spectacular biodiversity, making Turkey the “biodiversity superpower of Europe”. Of over 9000 native vascular plant species known from Turkey, one third are endemic. Large carnivores  such as brown bear (Ursus arctos), wolf (Canis lupus), Caucasian lynx (Lynx lynx dinniki), caracal (Caracal caracal), striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), and possibly even leopard (panthera pardus), still roam the wild corners of this diverse country that covers 783,562 km2 and hosts nearly 75 million people.

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