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When a man’s wildest dream comes true

Computer engineer Kemal Basat invited the North Cyprus public to help turn his dream into reality when he opened his 30-dönüm Taşkent Nature Park and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre last spring. Almost one year on, Anne Canalp visited the recreational and nature research and education site which has expanded its services to now offer a temporary or permanent home for injured wildlife and a trove of exotic and unwanted creatures.

When a man’s wildest dream comes true

A massive hilltop nature conservation site below the painted mountainside TRNC flag has begun to take shape over the past year.

The Taşkent project dreamed up by internet entrepreneur turned wildlife champion Kemal Basat opened at the beginning of March last year as a park and picnic site for countryside-loving families.

At the time, it already hosted its first pens and cages for injured wildlife.

Since then, Mr Basat's dream of an up-to-date general wildlife rehabilitation centre has grown to host high-definition CCTV-monitored holding cells for animal casualties, aquaria, turtle tanks, an office and a small surgery -- with later plans for research laboratories.

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