Wildlife of North Cyprus

Wildlife of North Cyprus

Wildlife of North Cyprus

Wildlife of North Cyprus

North Cyprus is host to an unusual wildlife. In fact, some fascinating species can be seen at any time of year.

Animals and Flowers

There are an abundance of butterflies and also mammal, reptile and sea species. Above all, you can find examples of wildlife anywhere in the mountains along the unpopulated coastal areas. North Cyprus is also famous for its wild flowers, especially the rare orchids that attract travelers from all over the world.

Donkeys in North Cyprus

Obviously we must mention the Karpaz donkeys when talking about wildlife of North Cyprus. They are one of North Cyprus’s tourism treasures! You will find them in the Karpaz region of the island, grazing in fields by the roadside.

Turtles in North Cyprus

It would also be remiss not to mention the mating season of both the loggerhead and green sea turtles. They lay their eggs on the various sandy stretches of beach all along the North Cyprus coastline. They both lay their eggs in nests all round the North Cyprus coast. You can find them in the soft sand of Alagadi beach in Kyrenia and Golden beach in the Karpaz peninsula.

Karpaz Peninsula Wildlife

You can also see small groups of monk seals and dolphins near to the Karpaz Peninsula. Similarly, you may come across flocks of goats along the coastline. Some of them may be wild, but these days most of them are domesticated and belong to a local farmer.


The migratory seasons of spring and autumn are the best times to visit wildlife of North Cyprus in order to see as many birds as possible. There are well over 300 species of birds there. Less than 50 of these are native species with a few endemic sub-species. There are birds that migrate to North Cyprus specifically for breeding purposes and the island is a convenient stopping off post for many species in transit to other lands. Some great places to go bird watching in North Cyprus include Wetlands around Famagusta, tip of the Karpaz Peninsula, Kyrenia Mountain Range, etc.

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