The Mountain Gazelle of Turkey: from a symbol of Mesopotamian civilization to hope for protection of south Turkey ecosystem

The aim of the project is to shed lights on the story of the mountain gazelles in Turkey. An iconic animal, drawn by the first tribes of Mesopotamia in caves and represented in the beautiful Roman mosaics of Antakya and Antep’s museums. Mountain gazelle of Hatay, in particular, risked extinction before even being officially discovered. Thanks to the effort of few passionate people who first got civil society and then NGOs involved, this animal is successfully raising in number. Recently, the government declared a protected area very close to the Syrian border to prevent any poaching or illegal killing of the gazelles. My project aims to highlight the value of this successful conservation program. What happened to the gazelle represents an unicum in Turkey, and can set an example for future projects to preserve the natural heritage of this Country.

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Impact Journalism Grant Programme // Medyada Değişim Yaratanlar İçin Hibe Programı

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