General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks
Turkish authorities have started a drive to protect stray and wild animals from heavy snowfall and storms that have lasted for nearly a week and severely affected life across the country.
Several public institutions and municipalities supplemented the wildlife with food to prevent the species that have been suffering from food shortages from starving in harsh winter conditions.
The General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks has announced a fine of 80,465 Turkish Liras ($9,500) against individuals who pluck peonies, a variety of flowers declared as the symbol of the southern province of Antalya.
If peonies are plucked from their natural habitat for commercial use by a company, then the fine will be tripled.
A total of 289 bird species have been reported in Turkey, according to an official statement on May 13.
This ranks Turkey 31st among 191 countries, said the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks in a statement released on World Migratory Bird Day, observed each year on the second weekend of May.
Camera traps placed in a national park in the western Black Sea province of Düzce have recorded the daily lives of animals living in their natural habitats.
The General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks shared the images of wildlife going on in the forests.
The images also included species such as the endangered lynx and the red deer.