Animal name changes in Turkey

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The animal name changes in Turkey was an initiative by the Turkish government to remove any reference to Armenia and Kurdistan in the Latin names of animals.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]


The initiative was first launched by the Environment and Forestry Ministry of Turkey. According to a statement released by the Environment and Forestry Ministry of Turkey on March 4, 2005, the original names were divisive and contradicted "Turkish unity".[1][9]

Some Turkish officials have said that the original names is used as an argument to imply that Armenians and Kurds resided in the areas where the animals lived.[1] However, only the Latin or scientific names of the animals were changed.[1]

Notable animals renamed[edit]

Animal Scientific name Proposed new name
Vulpes vulpes kurdistanica
Trans-Caucasian montane fox
Vulpes vulpes kurdistanica
Vulpes vulpes kurdistanica Vulpes vulpes
Wild sheep
Ovis armeniana Ovis orientalis anatolicus
Capreolus capreolus 2 Jojo.jpg
Roe deer
Capreolus capreolus armenius Capreolus capreolus capreolus

These changes affect only official usage in Turkey; the Turkish government has no authority over international scientific usage.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Turkey renames 'divisive' animals". BBC: British Broadcasting Corporation. 8 March 2005. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Gunaysu, Ayse (March 4, 2009). "Learnings from the Sari Gelin Case". Armenian Weekly. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Shahbazi, Shirana; Tehrani, Rachid; Zolghadr, Tirdad; Cone-Miller, Emily; Shahrzad (Artists' group) (2005). Shahrzad: history. JRP Ringier. p. 97. Retrieved 26 January 2013. Turkey Renames Armenian Animals 
  4. ^ Grigoriadis, Ioannis N. (2009). Trials of Europeanization : Turkish political culture and the European Union (1st ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230612150. 
  5. ^ Morris, Chris (2006). The new Turkey : the quiet revolution on the edge of Europe (Paperback ed.). London: Granta Books. ISBN 9781862078659.  "A species of red fox known as Vulpes Vulpes Kurdistanica will henceforth be plain Vulpes Vulpes, while a species of wild sheep called Ovis Armeniana has been renamed Ovis Orientalis Anatolicus. Foreign scientists, the Ministry noted.. "
  6. ^ Revue des deux mondes 2006 "L'espèce de moutons appelée Ovis armeniana a été renommée Ovis orientalis anatolicus. De même, le chevreuil dit Capreolus caprelus armenius a été rebaptisé Capreolus caprelus capreolus. « Les noms de ces espèces animales auraient ..." "
  7. ^ La Recherche Numéros 393 à 398 Société d'éditions scientifiques (Paris, France) - 2006 - Page 96 "Ovis Armeniana devient Ovis Orientalis Anatolicus, Capreolus Capreolus Armenius se transforme en Capreolus Caprelus Capreolus, et Vulpes Vulpes Kurdistanicum, le renard roux du Kurdistan, s'appelle désormais en Turquie Vulpes ..."
  8. ^ MacDonald, David B. (2008). Identity politics in the age of genocide : the Holocaust and historical representation (1. publ. ed.). London: Routledge. pp. 125–126, 261. ISBN 9780415430616. Retrieved 26 January 2013.  "The Ovis Armeniana (wild sheep) is now the Ovis Orientalis Anatolicus, while the roe deer, formerly known as Capreolus Capreolus Armenus, has become Capreolus Cuprelus Capreolus. These previous names have disappeared thanks to ..."
  9. ^ Pyne, Solana (10 March 2005). "Taxonomy, Turkish style". Science Now. Retrieved 26 January 2013.