Updated: February 18, 2023
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Below you can find a complete list of Turkish animals. We currently track 255 animals in Turkey and are adding more every day!

Turkey is a large country with varied geography that includes mountains, coastlines, and islands. It has a large variety of wild and domesticated animals. There are more than 1500 types of animals in Turkey. Animals native to Turkey include wolves, foxes, boars, wild cats, beavers, bears, gazelles, jackals, hyenas, deer, and mountain goats. The major domesticated animals in Turkey are water buffaloes, Angora goats, and camels.

Even though camels are not native to Turkey, the resilient creatures have become an integral part of Turkish culture. Before the advent of modern transportation, camels were the most efficient way to travel great distances across vital trade routes. Turkey has a long history of importing camels from their native Afghanistan, a practice which is still in place today in order to help facilitate the ancient tradition and beloved Turkish pastime of camel wrestling.

Besides these well-known animal species, there are many unusual animals that are endemic to Turkey. These unique animals include the chevrotain. Sometimes called a mouse deer, this small, deer-like creature is the smallest hoofed mammal in the world.

Other animals unique to Turkey are the northern bald ibis, the Asia Minor spiny mouse, and the agali, a wild mountain sheep.

Animals With the Toughest Skin-Camel

Since the country’s industrialization, camels are no longer Turkish citizens’ main mode of transport. They still serve social functions however, with the 2,400 year old sport of camel wrestling being popular in Turkey to this day.

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The Official National Animal of Turkey

grey wolf

The gray wolf is Turkey’s national animal.

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The gray wolf is the national animal of Turkey. In Turkey, gray wolves live mostly in the forests and mountainous areas. Sometimes called timber wolves, gray wolves can weigh up to 98 pounds. They feed on deer, elk, and moose. Wolves travel in family packs that include two mated wolves and their pups.

The country’s national animal symbolizes goodness, courage and strength. According to Turkish mythology, a gray wolf rescued an injured human boy and nursed him back to health. When he grew up, he mated with the wolf and produced a line of half-wolf, half-human children. The descendants of these children became the first and greatest rulers of Turkey.

Turkey’s national breed of cat is the van cat. It is an extremely unique feline, namely because they absolutely love the water, and have even been given the moniker “swimming cats” due to their common practice of paddling about the waters of their namesake Lake Van in Eastern Anatolia. Van cats have an off-white coat sometimes embellished with rust-colored patches and either has amber eyes or display brilliant heterochromia (two different colored eyes, most often green and blue.)

Where To Find The Top Wildlife

Turkey’s rich mix of ecosystems means there are many places to see its native wildlife. Many animal and bird species are unique to Turkey’s fauna.

Hatay mountain gazelles inhabit the forested land between Turkey and Syria. They are only found in this region of the world. This subspecies of the gazelle family was almost extinct when the Turkish government created a gazelle sanctuary in 2019. At the time, there were only around 100 mountain gazelles left. Today, there are more than 1,000 gazelles living in the sanctuary.

Brown bears live in the northern forests. They are also endangered, and many now live in the country’s national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Turkey has 33 national parks, and all are excellent places to see the country’s native flora and fauna.

Yozgat Pine Grove National Park was Turkey’s first national park. It is a mixed pine forest with more than 100 plant species. Wildlife in the park includes deer, foxes, snakes, wolves, eagles, and hawks.

Hatila Valley National Park is a mountainous region full of rivers, waterfalls, and pine trees. Mountain goats, wild boars, rabbits, wolves, foxes, gazelles, and squirrels all inhabit this heavily forested park.

Bird Paradise National Park is home to Manyas Bird Lake, where more than 250 bird species find shelter. The bird species native to Turkey include ducks, geese, white pelicans, egrets, purple herons, and nightingales.

Mouse-Deer (Chevrotain) 1 - Two Mouse-Deer

Chevrotains are the smallest hooved mammals on Earth and can be found in the forests of Turkey.


Native Birds

Turkey’s various environments of steppes, wetlands, and forests provide habitats for many species of avifauna. Not only do many birds reside here year round, but Turkey is an excellent place for avid birders to see multitudes of migratory species. Ideally, spring is the best time of year to visit for to experience breeding season. Around 460 species visit the country each year, including endangered avifauna such as the Dalmatian pelican, greater spotted eagle, and sociable plover. Below are some of the most popular birdwatching places in Turkey.

  • Bosphorus and Dardanelles Straits – Migratory birds make their way through these narrow straits on their migration routes, making these ideal places to see some unique species.
  • Black Sea Sores of Istanbul – Not only is the ocean scenery unmatched but many bird species can be spotted off these shores. Eastern imperial eagles, black storks, short-toed snake eagles, black kites, and osprey fly the skies.
  • Manyas Bird Paradise – Visitors can access observatory towers by connecting hiking trails surrounding the lake. Over 2-3 million birds of around 300 species fly through or rest at the area during migration, quite the spectacle for bird watchers. Species include spoonbills, cormorants, pelicans, swans, and geese.
  • Sultan Marshes Bird Sanctuary – A beautiful wetland home to many types of wildlife, waterfowl species here are a must-see. Flamingoes, perc, and cranes hangout in the tall grasses.

There are countless other popular locations for bird watching all over the country. Many of the mentioned areas are highly protected to maintain environments for threatened species and unique species from all over the world.

Roseate Spoonbill scratching under wing

Spoonbills are among many of the vibrant avian species found throughout Turkey.


Native Fish

The waters near Turkey are home to a vast array of wildlife, including several exotic or commercially important fish species. You’ll find seahorses, sandbar sharks, red mullets and even swordfish in Turkey.

Turkey is a coastal country, surrounded by multiple bodies of water. Fishing is a popular pastime, sport, and livelihood in the country. Some of the most popular fishing areas include:

  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Aegean Sea
  • Black Sea
  • Bosphorus Strait
  • Sea of Marmara

Common species caught in these waters include blue fin tuna, bonito, bluefish, sea bass, bream, red mullet, and many more. Unfortunately, overfishing, pollution, and climate change have led native species to become endangered and, therefore, protected. Protected species include cuttlefish, dolphins, sea horses, sandbar sharks, and black coral. It is illegal to fish these types of marine life.

dolphins jumping out of the water

Dolphins are mammals, meaning even though they live in the water since they must breathe oxygen and don’t lay eggs dolphins are not considered fish.

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Native Snakes

The ideal environments of Turkey provide habitats to exciting wildlife, including reptiles and amphibians. Around 45 species of snake exist in the country, 12 of which are venomous. Common species include boas, racers, blind snakes, dwarf snakes, etc. While snake bites are not common in Turkey, they do occur. Venomous species to look out for are:

  • Ottoman viper
  • Anatolian meadow viper
  • European adder
  • Wagner’s viper
  • Black Cobra

Those are only a handful of examples of venomous snakes in Turkey with the Ottoman viper surpassing the others as the most dangerous. If bitten by a snake it is always recommended to seek medical attention regardless of species.

Zebra Snake or Black Spitting Cobra

The Zebra Snake or Black Spitting Cobra is one of Turkey’s most feared native serpents.

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The Most Dangerous Animals In Turkey

Animal attacks on humans are rare in the country, but there are some dangerous types of animals in Turkey’s nature.

Deadliest Animals in America

Black widows are one of nine species of venomous spiders found in Turkey.

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  • Snakes: Turkey has dozens of snake species, and several of them are venomous. One of the most dangerous snakes in Turkey is the Ottoman viper. Also known as the rock viper or coastal viper, this dangerous snake attacks without provocation and injects venom with every bite. Turkey’s other dangerous snakes include the black desert snake, Wagner’s viper, and European adder.
  • Spiders: Turkey is home to nine of the world’s most venomous spiders. They include the brown recluse, black widow, and wolf spider. A bite of the segestria spider can cause death in under three minutes. This dangerous spider mostly inhabits dense forests.
  • Centipedes: Turkish centipedes can grow a foot long. Primarily found in the desert and scrublands, these bugs will bite humans. Their bite can hurt, but it isn’t deadly and can be treated with antibiotics.

Endangered Animals

  • The dhole is an endangered species of wild dog native to Turkey. They are also known as red dogs, red wolves, or mountain dogs. Their population has dwindled down to fewer than 2,500 adults in the wild.
  • The loggerhead sea turtle is a huge turtle that can weigh more than 300 pounds as an adult. The largest loggerheads have been recorded at 1,000 pounds. Loggerhead turtles, like most other sea turtle species, are critically endangered.
  • The Asia Minor spiny mouse is a tiny rodent that lives in large family packs. These endangered rodents primarily inhabit the forests, but some live near human populations.
  • The bald ibis is a large migratory bird that is native to Turkey. It is extinct in the wild and only exists in captivity.
  • The Anatolian leopard is a big cat that is native to Turkey. Conservationists believed these leopards were extinct, but there have been sightings of them in recent years. The Turkish government included Anatolian leopards on its list of endangered animals that require immediate protection.

Turkey’s Rarest Animal

Mediterrainean monk seal

Mediterranean monk seals are the rarest member of the seal family, with fewer than 700 individuals in the wild.


The Mediterranean monk seal is the most endangered species in Turkey. Mediterranean monk seals can grow from 3 to 7 feet. There are only a few hundred of these endangered seals left in Turkey. While monk seals used to enjoy relaxing and raising their pups on the shores of Turkish beaches, centuries of pursuit by humans have led these shy creatures to adapt their lifestyle. Mediterranean monk seals now spend most of their time in distant caves inaccessible to humans and feed on various spiny fishes and octopi found in nearby waters.

Zoos in Turkey

Along with wild animals roaming their natural habitats, Turkish zoos also exhibit exotic animal species and are a fun place for family trips when visiting or on a day off. Listed are some popular zoos in the country. The most popular zoo to visit is Bursa Zoo – a small zoo focusing on animals native to Turkey but still displays exotic species such as baboons, lions, waterfowl, and ostriches. Visitors may also go to the smaller aquariums and zoos of Turkey.

Turkey Has Many Interesting Animals

Turkey has a wide variety of wild animals, including unique birds, wild cats, and marine mammals. Its most famous animals live in remote regions like the forests and mountains. Mountain goats and wild sheep run on the hillsides, and dolphins swim in the rivers and coastal areas. Turkey’s national parks are the best places to see native animals like bears, caracals, and wild boars.

Portrait of striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena)

The striking, ashen patterns of the

striped hyena

are one example of Turkish wildlife’s visual brilliance.


What is the Largest Animal in Turkey?

The Syrian Brown Bear is Turkey’s most massive native species. These bears have a light beige coat and measure about 40-55 inches from head to tail. They can weigh up to a staggering 550 lbs, and are often illegally hunted for the purpose of utilizing their fat in traditional medicines. Bears are additionally oftentimes treated as pests by local farmers due to the damage they can inflict on vital honeybee populations.

To find an animal weighing more than a typical Syrian Brown Bear within the borders of Turkey you’ll have to go fishing! The record for the largest fish caught in Turkey was set in 2017 when a bluefin tuna weighing a staggering 650 lbs was reeled in during a fishing tournament at Teos Marina in Seferihisar, Izmir, Turkey. This gigantic creature had to be hoisted ashore with the aid of a forklift because of its impressive weight.

Turkish Animals

Admiral Butterfly

Stunningly beautiful wings


Often used as a guard dog!

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Guards it's master's flocks!


The angelshark’s range has contracted by more than 80% in the past century.

Angora Goat

Each adult Angora goat produces about 12 inches of mohair annually while kids have about 8 inches.


First evolved 100 million years ago!


They are so named because they "march" in armies of worms from one crop to another in search of food


Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!


Has a curved, upturned beak!


Can reach speeds of 30 km/h!

Barn Owl

Found everywhere around the world!

Barn Swallow

Older offspring help care for new hatchlings.


Detects prey using echolocation!

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs feed for 4-12 minutes.


Rock paintings of bees date back 15,000 years


There are more than 350,000 different species

Beewolf wasp

They hunt bees


Not all birds are able to fly!

Biscuit Beetle

The biscuit beetle form a symbiotic relationship with yeast

Black Widow Spider

They typically prey on insects!

Brazilian Treehopper

“Mild-Mannered Minimonsters”

Brown Bear

A dominant predator in it's environment!

Brown Dog Tick

Can live its entire life indoors


The most common species of bee!


There are thought to be up 17,500 species!

Camel Cricket

The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter ants can lift up to seven times their own weight with their teeth!

Cashmere Goat

Cashmere goat are named after Kashmir regions of India and Pakistan


May have been domesticated up to 10,000 years ago.


The larvae of a moth or butterfly!


There are nearly 3,000 different species!

Caucasian Shepherd

These former bear-hunting dogs are used today as prison guard dogs in Russia.


There are about 3,000 documented species!


Natively found in the European mountains!


First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!


Cicadas have one of the longest insect lifespans

Cinereous Vulture

This vulture can fly at great heights. At least one was found a few thousand feet from the top of Mount Everest.


Dated to be around 300 million years old!

Codling Moth

Pupae are able to undergo diapause to survive poor fruit yield years and winter.

Common Buzzard

The most common raptor in the UK!

Common Frog

Found throughout the European continent!

Common Furniture Beetle

The common furniture beetle feeds exclusively on wood

Common House Spider

House spiders have the ability to eat most insects in a home.

Common Loon

Also known as the Great Northern Diver

Common Raven

A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy.

Common Toad

Most active in wet weather!


They can fly 35 mph and dive 150 feet below water.


There are nearly 1.5 billion worldwide!


There are 93 different crab groups

Crab Spider

Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings


Many are critically endangered species!


Male crickets can produce sounds by rubbing their wings together


A group of these birds is called a Murder.


There are around 40 different species!

Desert Locust

Solitary locusts are grey while gregarious locusts are yellow with stripes.

Diving Bell Spider (Water Spider)

Diving bell spiders can breathe underwater using an air bubble on their abdomen


First domesticated in South-East Asia!

Dog Tick

Dog ticks feed on dogs and other mammals


First domesticated 5,000 years ago!


Found in Europe, Africa and Asia!


It's larvae are carnivorous!


Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!

Dung Beetle

The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight


Has exceptional eyesight!


They are hermaphrodites, which means they have male and female organs


There are nearly 2,000 different species!

Edible Frog

Are known to guard the muddy banks!


Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!

Egyptian Vulture

They steal large ostrich eggs and use rocks and pebbles to crack the shells.

English Angora Rabbit

Pet angora rabbits are sometimes mistaken for fluffy dogs.

Eurasian Bullfinch

The shy eurasian bullfinch prefers to forage very close to cover.

Eurasian Eagle-owl

The Eurasian Eagle-owl is the second largest owl in the world with a wingspan up to six feet!

Eurasian Jay

The Eurasian jay has the ability to mimic other sounds

European Bee-Eater

They can eat up to 250 bees per day!

European Goldfinch

They are frequent visitors to backyard feeders, especially those containing niger seeds.

European Robin

Male robins are so aggressive and territorial that they will attack their own reflections.

European Wildcat

A group of wild cats is called a destruction


The fastest creatures on the planet!

Fallow deer

The fallow deer has more variation in its coat colors than most other deer.

False Widow Spider

False spiders actually prey on black widow spiders and other hazardous spiders


Ferrets can be trained to do tricks like dogs!

Fire-Bellied Toad

Found across mainland Europe and Asia!


The firefly produces some of the most efficient light in the world


Sleeps on just one leg!


Adult fleas can jump up to 7 inches in the air


There are more than 240,000 different species!

Flying Squirrel

Can glide up to 90 meters!


Only 12 species are considered "true foxes"


There are around 7,000 different species!

Fruit Fly

Fruit flies are among the most common research animals in the world

German Cockroach

The most common type of urban roach

Glass Lizard

Can grow up to 4ft long!


Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!


Males form large mating swarms at dusk


Most closely related to the Sheep!


The goldcrest never starts moving and needs to consume for most of the day to survive. Therefore, in the colder months, it's best that eat 90% a day.

Golden Eagle

Their calls sound like high-pitched screams, but they are quiet most of the time.

Golden Oriole

Migrates between Europe and Asia!


There are 29 different species!


There are 11,000 known species!

Grey Heron

Male grey herons are picky about their mates. They'll reject a female that they don't fancy.

Griffon Vulture

Can spot a dead animal from thousands of feet away

Gypsy Moth

One of the most invasive species in the world


Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!


Can reach speeds of over 50 mph!

Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Many hawk moth caterpillars eat toxins from plants, but don’t sequester them the way milkweed butterflies do. Most toxins are excreted.


Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!


Inhabits wetlands around the world!

Highland Cattle

Natively found in the Scottish Highlands!

Honey Bee

There are only 8 recognized species!

Honey Buzzard

Honey buzzards are medium-sized raptors that earned their names by raiding the nests of bees and wasps.


Stunning bird with a stinky way to deter predators!


Has evolved over 50 million years!


Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.


The fly has no teeth


Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!

Huntsman Spider

Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.


There are four different species!


Can jump over 6 feet straight up from a standstill


There are an estimated 30 million species!

Jack Crevalle

One of the biggest species in the Caranx genus


Can maintain speeds of 16 km/h!


The jackdaw tends to mate for life with a single partner

Jumping Spider

Some can jump 50 times the length of their bodies

Kangal Shepherd Dog

Can run up to 35 miles per hour (56km).


Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!


There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!

Lazarus Lizard

Lazarus Lizards can communicate through chemical and visual signals.


Has 10 pairs of eyes!


Does not hibernate during the bitter Arctic winter!


While linnets are monogamous during mating season, they do not mate for life. While breeding pairs are together, the males are highly territorial and will defend the nesting site and the surrounding area.


There are around 5,000 different species!


Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.

Long-Eared Owl

Ear tufts make it look bigger!

Long-Tailed Tit

Often hangs upside down while feeding!


They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!

Marsh Frog

Has bright green skin!


There are 2,500 known species worldwide!


They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.


Some species have a poisonous bite!


Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!

Mole Cricket

Adult Mole crickets may fly as far as 5 miles during mating season and are active most of the year.


Has characteristics of two or more breeds!


Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!


Only the female mosquito actually sucks blood


There are 250,000 different species!


Found on every continent on Earth!


The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!


Roamed Asia and Europe for around 100,000 years!


Nematodes range in size from 1/10 of an inch to 28 feet long


Able to regrow lost or damaged limbs!

Night Heron

When they feel threatened juvenile night herons vomit their stomach contents.


Named more than 1,000 years ago!

No See Ums

There are more than 5,000 species.

Northern Pintail

Northern pintails migrate at night with speeds reaching 48 miles per hour!

Nose-Horned Viper

The fangs of a nose-horned viper can be as long as half an inch!

Old House Borer

Depending on the habitat and climate, these beetles can live between 2 to 10 years, often staying in their larval stage for several years, making them extremely dangerous to wooden structures.

Orb Weaver

Females are about four times the size of males

Ortolan Bunting

The tradition of hiding your face with a napkin or towel while eating this bird was begun by a priest who was a friend of the great French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.


There are 13 different species worldwide


The owl can rotate its head some 270 degrees


Monk parakeets are the only parakeets that actually build nests. They’re also the only parakeets to nest in great colonies.

Peppered Moth

Teachers in schools often use the evolution of the peppered moth as a good example of Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

Peregrine Falcon

Fastest animal on Earth


Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!


Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!


They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.


Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas

Pine Marten

A pine marten can jump from tree to tree similar to a squirrel.

Pond Skater

There are 500 different species!

Pool Frog

The rarest amphibian in the UK!


There are 30 different species worldwide!

Praying Mantis

The mantis can turn its head 180 degrees.

Purple Emperor Butterfly

Inhabits deciduous forests!

Puss Moth

Caterpillars squirt formic acid!


Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!


There are more than 300 different species!


Known to wash their food before eating it!

Raccoon Dog

The only hibernating canine!


Omnivores that eat anything!

Rat Snakes

Rat snakes are constrictors from the Colubridae family of snakes.

Red Deer

A male red deer shows his age in his antlers, which become longer and more branched every year.


They build their nests off the ground in tree holes, cavities, stone walls, and roofs

River Turtle

Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!


There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!


The capybara, the world’s largest rodent, likes to be in and around bodies of water. Because of this, the Catholic Church in South America decided that it was a fish, and people were allowed to eat it during Lent and First Fridays.

Roe Deer

The roe is one of the most popular game animals in Europe


Will mate with the entire flock!

Rough-Legged Hawk (Rough-Legged Buzzard)

Its scientific name, lagopus, is Ancient Greek for “hare” and “foot,” referring to its feathered feet and toes.

Sable Ferret

Ferrets were used during the Revolutionary War to keep down the rat population.


There are more than 700 different species!


The Saluki is one of the fastest dog breeds in the world.

Sand Crab

The sand crab burrows beneath the sand with its tail

Sand Lizard

Males turn green in spring!


There are around 2,000 known species!

Sea Eagle

The sea eagle tends to mate for life with a single partner


Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!


Around 35 million in the English countryside!

Short-Eared Owl

The short-eared owl is one of the most widespread owl species in the world, covering five continents.


The spinal column of the shrew Scutisorex somereni is so strong and reinforced that it can support the weight of an adult human.


There are 2,000 different species worldwide!

Skink Lizard

Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.

Slow Worm

Found widely throughout British gardens!


They glide around on one foot, which is aided by the slime they produce

Smokybrown Cockroach

Has up to 45 eggs per egg case


There are nearly 1,000 different species!


There are around 4,000 known species worldwide

Snowy Owl

One of the largest owl species in the world!

Song Thrush

A male song thrush can have over 100 phrases in his repertoire of songs and can imitate pet birds, telephones and other man-made objects.

Spadefoot Toad

They spend most of their time underground!


There are 140 different species!

Spider Wasp

They prey on spiders to feed their larvae or they parasitize other spider wasps.


Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!

Stick Insect

There are more than 3,000 different species!


Average adults weigh about 200 grams!


They can’t sing like other birds.

Striped Hyena

The striped hyenas usually mark their territories with the help of the scent gland secretions from their anal pouch.


Populations have been affected by pollution!

Syrian Hamster

Can get used to and respond to human voice

Tawny Owl

The most widespread owl in Europe!


Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!

Thornback Ray

The skate with the biggest spines!


The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.


They inject hosts with a chemical that stops them from feeling the pain of the bite

Tiger Beetle

The adult tiger beetle is one of the fastest land insects in the world

Tiger Moth

The bright colors of this moth are a signal to predators that it has a terrible taste.


Can live until they are more than 150 years old!

Trapdoor spider

Ambush their prey using a trapdoor made of silk

Tree Frog

Found in warmer jungles and forests!

Turkish Angora

A breed that originated in central Turkey!


Some species of aquatic turtles can get up to 70 percent of their oxygen through their butt.


Vipers are one of the most widespread groups of snakes and inhabit most


There are 30 different species worldwide!


There are around 75,000 recognised species!

Water Buffalo

Has been domesticated for thousands of years!

Water Vole

The largest Vole species in the UK!

Wax Moth

The Wax Moth larvae are more dangerous than the adult.


The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!

White Ferret / Albino Ferrets

There are two different types of white ferrets!

Wild Boar

Males have a top tusk to sharpen the bottom one!


Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!

Wolf Spider

Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.


This animal can roll up into a ball

Woodlouse Spider

Unlike most spiders, woodlouse spiders don’t build a web.


There are 200 different species!


Doesn’t have eyes.


They feign death by making their bodies limp and closing their eyes.

Yellow Aphids

These aphids are primarily wingless; however, once the infestation on their host gets too crowded, they develop wings, allowing them to fly to a new host plant.


It interbreeds with the pine bunting

Turkish Animals List

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Turkey FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What animals live in Turkey?

Many animals live in Turkey Its native species include wild goats, wild sheep, chevrotains, brown bears, dolphins, sea turtles, gazelles, and gray wolves. Because of its large size and diverse ecosystems, Turkey has an enormous variety of animals.

Are There Wild Cats in Turkey?

Turkey is home to the European wild cat, a small wild cat. European wild cats are nocturnal hunters with stripes and long, bushy tails. They resemble large versions of domestic cats. African wild cats, Eurasian lynx and Caucasian wild cats are other big cat species native to Turkey.

The caracal is another native wild cat. This medium-sized wild cat is notable for its long, pointed ears and reddish fur. Its name comes from the Turkish word “karakulak,” which means “black ears.”

Are There Monkeys in Turkey?

There are no native monkey species in Turkey.