WHERE DOES THE CIGLI NAME COME FROM?
In ancient times, it is known that the district was called “ÇİĞLİ” by the first inhabitants, since the district consisted of swamps and reeds in general, and because of its proximity to the sea, the green areas were very dewy.
Location of the District: The surface area of the Çiğli district, which was established on the plain formed by the old Gediz deposit, is 130 km2 in the north of the Izmir Bay. The height of the district from the sea is 1–150 m. between. Çiğli is 27 km from the city center, 18 km from Menemen and 7 km from Karşıyaka. Away. The district was established on the plain formed by the old Gediz River bed between the Yamanlar Mountain range elevations and the Izmir Bay. The district has a wide coastal plain and displays a typical Mediterranean Climate. Summers are hot and dry, winters are warm and rainy. According to the results of the 2012 address-based population registration system, the total population of the district is 168,599 people.
İZMİR NATURAL LIVING PARK (SASALI)
As Türkiye's first zoo was founded in 1937 in 18 acres of Zoo Culture Fair in 2008, the 425-acre area in Cigli Sasalı was converted into Türkiye's first Wildlife Park. The project, which was started in 2006, was completed in 2 years, all of them using the own resources of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality. The Natural Life Park, where animals live freely in shelters prepared specifically for them in their natural environment, and with the variety of trees and plants, breathed the city and the city has become one of the attraction centers of İzmir in a short time.
Undoubtedly, one of the must-see places in Çiğli is the İzmir Wildlife Park, which includes more than 1200 animals of more than 120 species on an area of 425 thousand square meters. Around 500 thousand bird species live in İzmir Bird Paradise, the largest natural habitat in Europe. As the number and diversity of animals increase, new activities are being carried out in the park on the well-being of visitors and especially the education of children.
In line with the decision taken by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Council on January 11, 2010, he applied for a candidacy to the Izmir Wildlife Park European Zoological Gardens and Aquariums Association (EAZA) and became a full member of EAZA on April 3, 2011 after the inspections. EAZA, which has more than 300 members from 35 countries, conducts campaigns for the protection of animal species, which draws attention to the fact that biodiversity is in danger and that living species are exhausted day by day. EAZA members take active roles in ecosystem and habitat conservation.
IZMIR BIRD PARADISE: Izmir Bird Paradise; 25 km from Izmir. northwest of the Gediz River, 20,400 ha in the 40,000 ha Gediz Delta, consisting of saltwater and freshwater ecosystems, coves, salts and lagoons (dalyan). area is wetland.
During the thousands of years of natural formation of the Gediz delta, many lagoons, ponds and marshes occurred. The most important of these are Kırdeniz, Homa and Çilazmak lagoons. İzmir Bird Paradise, its depth is 20-150 cm. These lagoons, which are between the 1st Degree Natural Protected Area, are within the boundaries. Kırdeniz Lagoon is just south of Kırdeniz Port, formerly known as Agria port. The Ragıppaşa lagoon, located outside the boundaries of the field and in the southeast, was built by human hands. Thanks to the ecosystems owned by the site, hundreds of bird species and numerous bird populations have attracted the attention of hunters since ancient years and illegal poaching has been carried out for years. However, in 1980, the Ministry of Forestry İzmir Organization started hunting conservation activities; He allocated tools, equipment and personnel to the field and prevented poaching by conducting joint studies with the gendarmerie. It contains 288 species of birds. According to the last count, about 90,000 birds of different breeds were seen.
The archaeological site, the part forming the natural reeds, is the First Degree Natural Archaeological Site and the rest of the wildlife protection area II. It has been registered as a Degree Natural Protected Area. The whole of the degree part has been converted to the First Degree Natural Protected Area. The Ministry of Environment also included the Gediz Delta, which includes the İzmir Bird Paradise, in 1998 within the scope of the International Ramsar Convention on the protection of wetlands.
In İzmir Bird Sanctuary; There are 4 types of ecosystems, including saltwater ecosystem (dalyanlar and Çamaltı Saltwater ponds), freshwater ecosystem (reeds), grasslands and hilly areas, and a brackish water ecosystem is also encountered in areas where fresh and salt water passes. There is a Protection Building and 9 Bird Watching Towers and 3 Bird Watching Towers in different parts of the region.