Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute

Environmental Conservation Organization

Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute is an umbrella organization for Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Cyprus Marinelife Center, Wildlife Hospital and Research Laboratory and also undertakes systematic, multi-diciplinary work related to wildlife.

Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute is at Cyprus Marinelife Center - Kıbrıs Deniz Canlıları Merkezi.

3 days 10 hours ago

Marine Turtles Conservation and Research Project 2022 Season Closing Event

The closing event of the Marine Turtles Conservation and Research Project, which is carried out on the Karpaz and Karşıyaka coasts was held at Güzelyalı Turtle Beach.

The project is implemented by the Cyprus Marinelife Center of the Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute. The project was supported by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) and TELSİM.

Project Coordinator Prof. Dr. Oğuz Türkozan (from Aydın Adnan Menderes University) gave information about the project and explained that work was carried out in Karpaz with over 100 international volunteers coming from different parts of the world.

Jenny Tyler of Karşıyaka Turtle Watch said that they monitored a total of 1,600 turtle hatchlings reaching the sea from 44 nests on the Güzelyalı beach during the summer.
Head of Communication Department of TELSİM, Nil Zorlu Atai stated that they are happy to cooperate in such a project that is carried out with scientific evidence and carried out by experts.

TIKA Coordinator Pınar Özcan Küçükçavuş stated that they were happy to contribute to the realization of the project and gave information about their contributions to the project.

Lapta Mayor Mustafa Aktuğ thanked the volunteers working for the protection of turtles at the beach within the municipality and emphasized that their goal is to continue their cooperation with CWRI.

DP Girne Parlament Member Serhat Akpınar said that while the marine biological diversity is decreasing day by day, environmental pollution is increasing, and that local and central government should take the necessary precautions against pollution.

Turkish Ambassador to Nicosia, Ali Murat Başçeri congratulated everyone who contributed to the project and said that they were happy to support the project through TIKA as Republic of Turkey.

Following the speeches, plaques of appreciation were presented to those who contributed to the project.

In the event, an adult marine turtle, which was brought to Cyprus Wildlife Hospital regained its health after a rehabilitation period of approximately two and a half months, was released back into the sea.

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6 days 9 hours ago

We attended the Women and Sustainable Environment Conference organized by the University Women of Europe and Society of Cyprus University Women with a presentation named Journey of Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute – Wildlife Conservation in Cyprus.

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2 weeks 4 days ago

Delphinium caseyi, one of our endemic plants, is now under protection!

Our endemic plant species Delphinium caseyi, present only in Cyprus in the world, will be protected by the sponsorship of the TurkBankası, in cooperation with the Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute, the Environmental Protection Department, and the Bayrak Radio and Television Corporation.

The population of the endemic Delphinium caseyi plant species, which lives only in Cyprus, is determined as only around 100 individuals globally. Hence the species is categorized as critically endangered globally per IUCN's RedList criteria. The project Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute will conduct will use in- and ex-situ conservation methods collaboratively and innovatively to conserve the species.

TürkBankası, which always puts ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) efforts at the top of its agenda and has adopted the mission of protecting values unique to our country, will contribute to the implementation of a species-based conservation project for the first time in our country.

Within the scope of in-situ conservation studies, the CWRI team will establish a core zone to conserve the natural populations of the species from external factors such as humans and goats. Each plant will be marked individually, and their coordinates will be recorded. Hence, population trends of the species over the years will be monitored, and the conservation of the species will be ensured with the right interventions in the right places.

The species' seeds will be collected using internationally accepted methods within the scope of ex-situ conservation. They will be stored in the Cyprus Seed Bank, which continues its activities under the Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute, sponsored by TIKA (Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency). Cyprus Seed Bank team will conduct studies to contribute to the conservation and the re-establishment of the species within its original range.

The first phase of the project, initiated with the signing of the protocol by the two institutions on September 9, 2022, with the participation of Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute officials, TürkBankası managers, and TürkBankası KeepGreen Team representatives, will last for three years. Actions to increase public awareness of the species via printed and visual materials and organizing a workshop on the species are among the project's activities.

The project team will also prepare a species action plan, the first species action plan in Cyprus, using data collected within the project's timeframe and with the input of relevant public institutions, organizations, and non-governmental organizations per international standards.

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2 weeks 4 days ago

Some of the more unusual inhabitants of our sanctuary are exotic species, including iguanas, a boa constrictor, emus, monkeys, squirrels, chipmunks and many more. All of these animals were brought to North Cyprus illegally.

Coordinating with the Department of Customs and Department of Veterinary Medicine, our 24-hour Rescue Team are able to confiscate these animals, often from very poor welfare conditions, and bring them to the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Exotic animals are foreign species, they cannot be released into the wild as they may damage native wildlife and plants.

You have an important part to play in the illegal wildlife trade, say no to exotic pets and report any that you see by calling 1190.

Thank you for all your help!

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3 weeks 2 days ago

In just past 7 years, wildlifres have destroyed 16,927 hectares of land with many trees, shrubs, plants and wild animals in them.

Wildlife prevention starts with you:
1. No outdoor fires between May 1st and Sept 30th (and never leave any fire unattended at other times), no debris burning,
2. Don't throw cigarettes, other smoking materials or matched on the ground or out of vehicle windows,
3. Be mindful when operating equipment outdoors that can create heat or sparks, keep vehicles off dry grass,
4. Never throw glass, plastic bottles with water inside or any other trash into the nature,
5. Alert authorities if you see any wildfire, or suspect someone in danger of starting a wildfire,

Wildfire prevention is the key to protect our precious nature!

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3 weeks 6 days ago

Mediterranean Marine Biodiversity Workshop has concluded at Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute – Cyprus MarineLife Center

Experts on marine biology and marine animal treatment and rehabilitation from different organizations in the Mediterranean came together to discuss the biodiversity of Eastern Mediterranean and its conservation. During the first day of the workshop Lampedusa Turtle Rescue Director Daniela Freggi, Dr. Yaniv Levy (Israel National Nature and Parks Authority · Sea Turtle Rescue Center), Prof. Dr. Antonio DiBello (University of Bari), Cem Orkun Kıraç & Tolga Tuneli (Underwater Research Society-SAD), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arda Tonay (İstanbul University Faculty of Aquatic Sciences & Turkish Marine Research Foundation-TÜDAV) and Dr. Vet. Med. Pera Sinkovec made presentations on different topics on marine biodiversity of the Mediterranean and its conservation.

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1 month 4 days ago

Visit from the American Ambassador Garber

U.S. Embassy Cyprus, Judith G. Garber, visited the Karpaz Peninsula Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Project conducted by Cyprus Marinelife Center - Kıbrıs Deniz Canlıları Merkezi, operating under the Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute.

Within the scope of the event, after collecting marine and terrestrial litter on Ronnas Beach, one of the most important green sea turtle nesting beaches of the Karpaz Peninsula, hatchlings were released under the supervision of project coordinator Prof.Dr. Oğuz Türkozan by the Ambassador, embassy officials, and volunteers of the Cyprus MarineLife Center.

Observing the conservation and research work on-site, Ambassador Garber mentioned the importance of the work for Cyprus and the whole world and thanked the Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute and the Cyprus MarineLife Center for their contributions to the conservation of nature and biological diversity.

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1 month 2 weeks ago

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1 month 3 weeks ago

THIS IS A CALL FOR HELP! - Please help and share!

We have never expected anything in return for the work we do, but now we can't handle the increasing costs on our own. In the first half of this year, our electricity bill, which comes in at an average of 11 thousand TL per month and which we had paid regularly, has reached an average of 45 thousand TL in the last 4 months, and a total of 181 thousand TL, although there has been no change in usage.

This is just our electricity expense... Imagine many other costs such as personnel expenses, taxes, depreciation and fuel expenses of vehicles used in animal rescue, all maintenance and treatment expenses of animals, communication expenses are added to these every month...

Should we shut down our biobank freezers where invaluable samples of thousands of animals that have come to our Center are kept? stop using the intensive care units/rooms we use for the treatment of animals? not use proper climatization for illegal animals confiscated by the government and handed over to us, and let them suffer? Should we not operate the filtration systems of the tanks of the injured sea turtles that come to our Center?

At this stage, you can either support us by donating directly or help us reach a handful of people/institutions who are willing to contribute to the environment, nature and wildlife in this country and are ready to contribute 1 minimum wage per month regularly so that we can achieve permanent sustainability at least in our electricity expenses. Aren't there any nature-loving people or institutions in this country that can make this kind of contribution?

Note: The cost of the 200kW solar system needed for the park is approximately 2,750,000TL. We are open to any suggestions on how we can meet this amount...

Note2: When the first bill of 71,600TL was received (actually, it was 87,500TL, then 15,800TL of fuel change fee reduction), we objected to KIB-TEK that such a difference is not normal, but was told it was a normal.


Account name: Taşkent Doğa Parkı
Account No: TR51 0006 4000 0016 8040 1172 89
Branch: İş Bankası Gönyeli

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1 month 3 weeks ago


With their plumage and adult feathers growing in perfect condition, these twelve juveniles will be soon move to our soft release cage. Designed specially for ducks and water birds, it has a big pond surrounded with foliage to make them feel comfortable. In this enclosure they will be free to develop their natural behaviours.

They will have the opportunity to swim and learn their natural food sources before release. This enclosure has a door onto the water, allowing the juveniles to swim in and out of the enclosure as they like; a mechanism that keeps potential predators outside of the cage.

Providing the animals with a natural environment during their stay is a crucial part of the rehabilitation process.


Enter abone koru50 and SMS to 4271 for a monthly donation of 50TL!
*50 in koru50 can be replaced by 100, 70, 30, 20, 10 or 5.
Account name: Taskent Doga Parki

Account No: TR51 0006 4000 0016 8040 1172 89
Branch: İş Bankası Goenyeli

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