4 Spectacular Wildlife Creatures in Iran

When someone says the word “Iran,” people immediately seem to think of politics, oil, or burkas.  Rarely do they think about wildlife.  However, the wild frontiers of Iran are actually home to some incredible animals, some that you may not even have heard of before.

Iran has roughly 20 national parks and 100 nature reserves containing and preserving some rare and interesting species that are excellent places to visit in Iran on your vacation.  So if you travel to Iran, make sure that you keep an eye out for some of these beastly beauties.

Persian Cheetah

Wildlife in Iran, Persian Cheetah

Wildlife in Iran, Persian Cheetah

This subspecies of cheetah now lives only in Iran.  They are a bit shorter, slimmer, and paler than the African cheetah, but are not short on speed. However, Sadly, this relative of the African cheetah only has a population of between 50-100 that continue to live in the wild.  Khar Turan National Park is the best place to visit in Iran if you want to catch a miraculous glimpse of this antisocial speedster, as the largest number of Asiatic cheetahs can be found here

Persian Brown Bear

Wildlife in Iran, Persian Brown Bear

Wildlife in Iran, Persian Brown Bear

The Persian brown bear is similar to European brown bears except they are larger. Nowadays there are only 500-1000 of these bears living in Iran and they are a protected species in the country.  An interesting tidbit you may not know is that during World War 2, a Persian brown bear actually became famous the world round.  Orphaned as a cub, a Persian brown bear was found by a young Iranian boy who then sold it to some Polish soldiers traveling through Iran.  The  bear actually hauled ammunition to Polish soldiers during the heat of battle.

Greater Flamingo

Wildlife in Iran, Pink Flamingo

Wildlife in Iran, Pink Flamingo

Greater flamingos are actually the largest species of flamingo as well as the palest.  Its legs are long and pink, its wing tips black, but their body is not a vibrant pink color.  The average Greater flamingo reaches a height of 1.5 meters and weighs about 4 kilograms.  Their flocks are usually quite large and they are a beautiful sight to behold, flying in droves over the tranquil lake surfaces of Iran, so do not miss the opportunity to capture some shots of them when you visit Iran’s wild frontiers.

Persian Wild Cat

Wildlife of Iran, Persian Wild Cat

Wildlife of Iran, Persian Wild Cat

Persian leopards are bigger than African leopards and today, about 800 of them can be found in Iran.  Persian leopards prefer to roam around Iran’s mountain ranges and close to the Caspian Sea in its forested areas.     These beautiful creatures have golden colored fur and often get very close to their prey before attacking, about 3-10 meters.

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