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A NATIVE SPECIE OF ANATOLIA
The red deer, which has a yellow and white color in the summer and gray and black in the winter, weighs approximately 145 kilograms and is 95 cm long. They are different than other deer species due to their horn structures resembling the branches of a tree and their bodies with the shape of a shovel. The red deer, which is on the verge of extinction due to especially unconscious hunting, have also become the subject of numerous novels and movies.
ELEGANCE OF NATURE
CThe gazelle typically is 150 cm long, 60 cm tall and the length of it tail is 20 cm. The gazelle is a thin and long-legged, double-fingered agile animal and the yellow and brown colors in its body covering helps it blend into its environment, namely earth, easily. The gazelle, which is becoming extinct rapidly due to consumption of their skin and meat, are especially well known for the beauty of their large eyes and become the subject of many legends and poems.
THE SUBJECT OF SONGS
The demoiselle cranes, with a wingspan of about 170 cm and a length of 85-100 centimeters, are migratory birds which are subject to famous songs. The demoiselle crane, which is widely mentioned in Anatolian folklore and which has once lived extensively in the Central Anatolia region in flocks, is another kind of bird that is critically in danger of extinction in our day.
THE GREAT BUSTARD
JOURNEY FROM MONGOLIA TO SPAIN
The great bustard which is the heaviest and largest bird species that can fly, is also famous for its shyness. The great bustard, which lives in swamps and crop fields mostly, cannot fly quickly because of their weight. The great bustard, with a wing length of 260 cm, is unfortunately also on the verge of extinction due to unconscious hunting.
KING OF THE SKY
The size of the steppe eagle, with a wing span of 2 meters, is approximately 62-74 cm. The sound of these eagles, having larger bodies and longer wings than forest eagles, are noisy like crows but they are generally known as silent birds. The steppe eagle, which plays an important role in the sustainability of nature by eating rodents and carcasses, is unfortunately also one of the endangered eagle species.
The black feather of the capercaillie, which is a medium sized bird with red comb and white wing corner, looks green and blue when looked closely. The capercaillie, also known as wood grouse, lives in highlands and mountains. The capercaillie, hunting of which is prohibited throughout the year so that it does not become extinct, is one of the types of animal species facing the danger of extinction in Turkey.
The baldheads, known for their red and hairless faces, have a glorious appearance with their long curly beaks and bright black colored feathers. Their short legs are red while their wings and tails are long. Wrong agriculture policies, over usage of pesticides and urbanization causes the baldheads’, which are said to have increased reproductive power thanks to calcite in rocks in Turkey, becoming extinct rapidly.
HABITANT OF LAGOONES
The little bustard, which particularly lives in fields, has a length of about 45 cm and a wingspan of up to 90 cm. The back part of little bustard bears the shades of yellow while its abdomen is speckled and white and its neck is black. The little bustard, which is rarely seen in our day due to their breeding areas’ being allocated to irrigated farming and their being hunted unconsciously, are taken under protection in our country.
The darter, which has a long neck like a cormorant, makes its nest by piercing trees and likes to live especially in freshwater lakes and swamps. These birds, which are becoming extinct rapidly due to drying of Amik lake in Turkey are known as snakebirds because only their necks are outside the water while they are swimming with their bodies are submerged in water.
AN ADVENTURE OF 150 MILLION YEARS
The body of the Apollo butterfly, which lives in mountains with height of between 1000 m and 2000 m from sea level, is surrounded by black feather resembling fur. The Apollo butterfly gets more sun and can rise more comfortably by virtue of its black-spotted white wings, which are larger than wings of other butterflies. These butterflies, which are in danger due to acid rain, wrong insecticide, have inspired numerous novels and films with their beauty.