ANIMALS IN CYPRUS
You find many animals as it is in Cyprus. The most famous of the wild animals here is the moufflon. This is a shy mountain sheep that is found in outdoor enclosures in Stavros tis Psokas, which is situated in the Paphos forest. You can also find many sheep and goats grazing the hilly landscape, while there are many donkeys as working animals in wine-growing areas. In addition to all this, you can also find small animals as foxes, hares, rabbits and squirrels in the forests.
Cyprus houses a dry summer landscape, which makes this a natural home for lizards, snakes and chameleons of Cyprus. You will love being able to watch these reptiles taking a sunbath on a hot stone, or perhaps crossing your path. One of the beaches of Europe where rare sea turtles build their nests is Lara Beach. You can also find turtles swimming near the coast of Mediterranean in the daytime. And off the coast, you can get to see over 260 varieties of fish living there.
The mild climate of Cyprus invites migrating birds to make a stop here on the way to Africa during winter season. There are other birds that visit Cyprus in the spring for breeding, and then stay on to summer. This is why more than 375 varieties of birds have been spotted in Cyprus. And this is why you can find many ornithologists from around the world making a trip to Cyprus a must in their traveling agenda.
There are many pet owners who love to take their pets on their vacations. Basically, taking animals to Cyprus does not prove to be too much of a restriction. However, there are some rules that have to be followed so that you don’t disturb the rules and the peace of Cyprus with your animals.
The main restriction is that the animal should be the personal animal of the tourist, and not an animal intended for commercial purposes. There are many people who have pets like cats and dogs as companions; and this is permitted in Cyprus. However, there are some breeds of dogs that are not permitted in Cyprus, so it is better to find out from the authorities which breeds are permitted and which are not permitted to prevent last minute complications.
It is very important that the animal be accompanied by its owner or a responsible person at the time of traveling. It is also required that specific identification documents and disease certification be produced for identification purposes. There should be a booklet that is issued by a veterinarian with the disease certification wherein the animal’s vaccinations and other medical details are included in it. There should also be a veterinary certificate stating that the animal is free from any disease and has been treated for various health conditions. It should be known that if some or all of these requirements are not met by the law, the animal may be placed in quarantine according to the law of Cyprus.