Thanks to the support of our guests we do not only take on the care and conservation of our own animals. We also support organizations that perform in-situ conservation projects of species which are under threat in the wild by providing them on field aid.
In 2012, one of the main organizations we support called Kuzey Doğa Derneği, started the project of tracking 34 brown bears, which are the biggest land mammals of our country. Kuzey Doğa researched the bears’ ecology and are tracking these bears to reduce the human-wildlife conflict. Moreover, National Geographic Foundation placed cameras that are specific for brown bears and recorded the view of the world from the bears’ point of view. During this project, a first in the world occurred and cameras that were developed by the National Geographic Foundation was placed on the trackers of Kuzey Doğa. This way both the GPS location information and video footage was able to be put together. As a result the daily behaviours of the brown bears were recorded from their own point of view.
To underline the main objectives of the projects are;
- To uncover the seasonal behaviour and the size of the habitat which the brown bear lives in which not much research has been conducted in Turkey,
- To reduce and prevent the human-brown bear conflict,
- To determine the approximate number of brown bears in Turkey at specifically Sarıkamış in the long run.
As Faruk Yalçın Zoo, as we do annually, we are also supporting this project this year too. Kuzey Doğa’s work aids us get a better understanding and better protection of these very special and endangered species. It contributes to the establishment of a plan for the continuation of species and ecological protection of their regions.
Our biologist Pınar Çağtaş, who gave field support to Kuzey Doğa by participating in conservation activities in Sarıkamış, told us about her experiences with a few sentences:
“We met her on a night with a full moon. She was a 10-year-old female. We performed medical checks while the moon shined brightly on top of us. If you were to ask what her name is; it is AYKIZ, meaning moon-girl. She carried hope for the future of her generation, unless people killed her or if she succumbed to her struggle against hunger. We tracked her through the system after placing the tracker on her. Like all the other bears in that area, she went to the city dump after dark and ate things that she probably shouldn’t have (usually plastic). They need our help.”