Invasive species that once fled Soviet Union takes over Turkish wetlands

Hurriyet Daily News | Oct 23, 2020 at 9:00 AM
  • Groups of coypus, a semiaquatic rodent species from Latin America, have frequently been sighted in the Mount Ağrı (Ararat) National Park in Turkey’s east, endangering the region’s water supply and threatening to destroy the habitats of other living creatures.
  • TRT teams and Kuzeydoğa Association, an environmental non-governmental organization, which closely monitored coypus in line with a project, have recorded the behaviors of the animals, from feeding to their daily life.
  • It is believed that the species had once escaped from farms established in Armenia to meet the fur needs of the people of the Soviet Union and later settled in the rivers within the Turkish borders.