Georgia is located on the eastern banks of the Black Sea and borders the Greater Caucasus Mountains, giving the country a diverse landscape that supports a multitude of wildlife.
Brush and forests make up more than 30% of the country's landscape. Rare trees such as Pitsunda pines and other more common varieties of beech, firs, pear and linden trees provide a home to the forest's fauna. Wild boars
weighing up to 200 pounds roam free in the dense forests, scavenging for fallen berries and nuts, roots and small reptiles and insects. Brown bears
are also found in Georgian forests, hunting smaller animals like wild hares and roe deer and supplementing their diet with grass, tubers, berries and other foods offered by the landscape. Foxes and wolves are common in the forest.
One of the most rare and elusive animals in the Georgian forest is the lynx. This spotted member of the cat family reflects light with his eyes and can weigh up to 66 pounds. The Eurasian lynx
is the largest of the species and are reported to meow and purr just like house cats. Their secretive behavior makes them difficult to spot in the wild but their large paw prints spot the Georgian landscape.
Goats and antelope are the rulers of the mountains and bearded eagles, black grouse
and turkeys can be spotted along the Greater Caucasus Mountains as well. The diversity of the country's fauna is further supplemented by 11 species of amphibians, 330 other species of bird, 160 aquatic species and 48 different kinds of reptiles.