Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Protecting brown bears in Turkey

© Çagan H. Sekercioglu
(C) Dr Cagan H Sekercioglu

Bears, wolves and other large carnivores in North-East Turkey are under threat. 

One of the most important large carnivore habitats is the 23,000ha Sarikamis-Allahuekber Mountains National Park.  However, human-wildlife conflict, habitat fragmentation, prey depletion and hunting all impact upon the dwindling populations of large carnivores in the area.  In addition, the presence the Sarikamis town garbage dump, separated from the majestic forest by a highway and railroad, is attracting bears and wolves which are regularly injured, paralysed and killed when they are hit by cars, trucks and trains. 

Born Free is working with Çağan H. Şekercioğlu, winner of the prestigious 2008 Whitley Award and his successful NGO, KuzeyDoga, in Turkey to research large carnivore populations, in particular the small, fragmented populations of European brown bear, and work with local communities to reduce human-wildlife conflict and persecution.  Through conserving and promoting carnivore populations, this ambitious project aims to integrate capacity-building in carnivore research and studies of carnivore ecology, movements, and population dynamics, ultimately leading to the construction of the first wildlife corridor in Turkey.

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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