Brown bears, wolves and lynxes are at the top of nature’s food pyramid. Their healthy existence have an impact on other living things in the forest. Therefore, they are very important for the overall health of the forest.

KuzeyDoğa Association carries out its scientific studies on mammals by concentrating on these species.

We humans need a healthy environment and protection natural areas to lead a quality life.

The health and continuity of natural areas requires the conservation of all living creatues, large and small. Protecting the living creatures of wildlife is a necessity for the quality of human life.

The first step to protect wild animals and improve their condition is to know more about them and to understand their vital needs.

Our association has been working to protect the biodiversity in Sarıkamış Forests since 2006.

Tracking the activities of brown bears, wolves, lynxs by installing a satellite tracking device, and recording their images with photo traps and video traps. The analysis of the data provides a scientific basis for conservation studies.

Our work on protecting biodiversity in the Kars-Sarıkamış forest was started in 2006 with the placement of photo traps in Sarıkamış Forest.

In 2011, wild animal capture and tracking with transmitter collars were also implemented. With the ongoing project today, we catch brown bears, wolves and lynxes and track them on collars with satellite transmitters.

Thanks to the collars set to drop automatically after a year or two, we have learned about the habitats and seasonal behavior of these animals.

In order to have information about genetic diversity and nutrition habits of the predators, the samples are examined in laboratories. The data we obtained provides a scientific basis for nature conservation studies.


Brown Bears

2012 yılında, ülkemizde bayrak tür olarak kabul edilen ve en büyük kara hayvanı olan bozayıları (Ursus arctos) yakalamaya ve takip etmeye başladık.


2011 yılında, Türkiye’nin ilk kurt (Canis lupus) yakalama ve takip çalışması KuzeyDoğa Derneği, Utah Üniversitesi, Doğa Koruma ve Milli Parklar Genel Müdürlüğü ve Turkcell İletişim Hizmetleri’nin ortak çalışmasıyla Sarıkamış Ormanları’nda gerçekleştirildi.


2014 yılında KuzeyDoğa ekibi tarafından, ülkemizde düzenli görülen yabani kedi türlerinin en büyüğü olan vaşak (Lynx lynx) yakalandı ve takip edilmeye başlandı. Türkiye’de ilk kez yakalanıp verici takılan vaşağa (Lynx lynx), Latince isminin anlamı olan “Işık” adı verildi.



In 2011, Turkey’s first wolf tracking study was carried out in Sarıkamış Forest with the collaboration of KuzeyDoğa Association, University of Utah, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks and Turkcell Communication Services.

This study revealed that how large areas the wolves need, how small the Sarıkamış Forest and Sarıkamış Allahuekber Mountains National Park are for the large mammals in the region. Large predators need large protected areas. Wolves tracked used an area 23 times bigger the size of the national park in just one year.

The data obtained once again point to the importance of the “wildlife corridor” project, which is a forest line that will connect Sarıkamış Forest to Artvin Şavşat Forest by afforestation.

Collars automatically fall off the neck of wolves (Canis lupus) after one year of monitoring.

With the ongoing capture and follow-up studies, we learn about the habitats and seasonal behavior of wolves.


In order to get information about their genetic diversity and nutrition, the samples taken are examined with laboratory studies.

To protect them and improve their condition, the first step is to learn about them and understand their vital needs.

The results of the study provide us a scientific basis for nature conservation studies.