Mountain gazelles discovered in Turkey


This video is about pictures of birds in Turkey.

From Wildlife Extra:

250 endangered Mountain gazelles found in Turkey – First record in Turkey

23/03/2009 00:21:04

Gazella gazella found in Turkey for the first time

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.

“Unill now, it was thought that there was only one species of gazelle, ‘Gazella subgutturosa‘ living near Sanliurfa province in Turkey. We have now scientifically proven that a second species, the endangered Mountain gazelle, or ‘gazella gazella’ is living in our country.

Arabian Peninsula

The Mountain Gazelle (gazella gazella) is a species of gazelle that is widely but unevenly distributed across the Arabian Peninsula. It inhabits mountains, foothills and coastal plains. There are less than 15,000 mountain gazelles left within their natural range.

The Mountain Gazelle is classified as Vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List (considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild). The species is declining as a result of habitat loss and degradation and hunting historically contributed to this decline.

Lake Burdur is an Important Bird Area (IBA) and one of nine Ramsar wetlands of international importance in Turkey. It is very important for wintering waterbirds, and is the single most important wintering site for Endangered White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala – over two-thirds of the world’s wintering population occur at Burdur Lake: here.

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