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National Animal

The Karabakh horse

“I’ve always felt that animals are the purest spirits in the world.”


Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Salmon, sturgeon, beluga, seals.


Eagles, ducks, pelicans, finches.

Land mammals:

Goats, gazelles, mouflons, wild boars, horses, deer, foxes, brown bears.

Snakes and insects:

Vipers, grass and water snakes, moths, spiders.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

A lot of stray dogs and cats in cities. In 2017 there was a mass shooting with guns by the Municipality of stray dogs in the streets of Baku following some incidents of dogs biting people.

In the


Hunting or poaching:

Hunting is legal for ducks, goose, deer, foxes and bears.

Animal fights:

Dog and cock fights are commonly held in Azerbaijan. Many people regard cockfighting as a national tradition.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

Azerbaijan Animal Rescue Center

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:


We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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