|Flora and Fauna|
Due to its climate and geographic position, as well as relatively unpolluted environment, the island has a varied wildlife. It hosts up to 1,600 kinds of plants, 350 species of birds, and 26 different reptile and amphibian species. From February to June Northern Cyprus is covered by different kinds of flowers with orchids to be the most extravagant species from all. In spring and summer the island is 'invaded' by about 300 species of birds. From July till August the Green Sea Turtle and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle visit the beaches of Cyprus to lay their eggs.
Have look at the most noteworthy examples of the wild nature of the island:
Orchids are believed to be flowers of superlatives. Indeed, no plant family has as many different flowers as the orchid family. There are about 24,000 accepted species of orchids, and about 800 new species are added each year.
During late summer (from August to October) and spring (from March to May) more than 300 species of birds, amounting 100 million in total, touch down on Cyprus on their way from Europe to Africa and back. Some remarkable examples are the Griffon Vulture, Hirundelle, Golden Oriole, Pochard, and the Cyprus Red Wheatear.
Every year the Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia Mydas) and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta Caretta) come ashore to North Cyprus beaches to lay their eggs. Both turtles are considered to be endangered species.
A Wild Donkey
Karpaz National Park hosts about 250 wild donkeys that have been one of the symbols of Cyprus. Centuries ago merchants used to come to the island to purchase Cypriot asses which had gained popularity for their staying power. Most of the donkeys are black but you may also meet ginger species that form a unique breed.