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ARC - ΚΙΒΟΤΟΣ. Education – Wildlife Heritage Επιμόρφωση – Φυσική κληρονομιά – Άγρια ζωή. Patricia Radnor Kyriacou. www.animalscyprus.org –arc.kivotos@cytanet.com.cy. About us. Founded in 1994 Volunteer NGO. Cyprus – A maritime nation. Our successes. Dolphinarium closed 1999

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ARC - ΚΙΒΟΤΟΣ

Education – Wildlife Heritage

Επιμόρφωση – Φυσική κληρονομιά – Άγρια ζωή

Patricia Radnor Kyriacou

www.animalscyprus.org–arc.kivotos@cytanet.com.cy

about us
About us
  • Founded in 1994
  • Volunteer NGO

Cyprus – A maritime nation

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Our successes

  • Dolphinarium closed 1999
  • Cyprus is one of the few captive dolphin-free countries

(Permanent government ban on captive dolphin imports)

another success
Another success
  • Two brown bears captive for 14 years in Limassol zoo rescued and flown to Hungary
  • Free in a Hungarian refuge
captive animals have no place in modern ecotourism
Captive animals have no place in modern ecotourism
  • Three leopards will travel to Africa in May
  • Unlicensed zoo (EU Zoos Directive 22/1999) will be closed down
  • Europe's first Ecozoo?
cyprus an established tourist destination
Cyprus – an established tourist destination
  • Mass tourism – “Sun and Sea”
  • Luxury tourism
  • Ecotourism/Agrotourism
ecotourism
Ecotourism
  • Traditional restored mountain villages (Kalopanayiotis)
  • Cyprus villages (Sun and Sea)
cyprus has many endemic species
Cyprus has many endemic species

Endemic Glaucopsyche paphos (Paphos blue) feeding on endemic Anthemis tricolor

wildlife of cyprus
Wildlife of Cyprus
  • Turtles (Caretta caretta)
  • Seals (Monachus monachus)
  • Bats (Rousettusaegyptiacus) -fruit bats

Cyprus is the only country EU member state to have fruit bats (Megachiroptera)

education
Education
  • Children are fascinated by bats
ecotourism and bats
Ecotourism and Bats
  • Austin, Texas, USA
networking
NETWORKING
  • EUROBATS Secretariat

International conference in Cyprus May 2009

At an ecotourism village and conference centre on the sea

Government authority (Department of Environment) on board

maremotu
Maremotu
  • Italian sea – kayaking organisation will come to Cyprus
  • Travel round the coast
  • Fruit bat sea-caves
  • Recent sighting of Monachus monachus
  • Children involved