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Fauna in the Sierra de Cazorla, Segura & Las Villas Natural Park
The Natural Park enjoys an exceptionally abundant fauna, due to the fact that it was declared a national hunting reserve back in 1960. The protection given, in particular to the larger horned mammals that may otherwise have been hunted as “trophies” and whose numbers would have been drastically reduced, in addition to the immense size of this Natural Park, means that it is also one of the best Natural Parks in Andalusia to spot animals, if not in Europe, not only in purely numeric terms but also in varieties:
- 6 species of fish, of which the common and rainbow trout in addition to barbels are popular for fishing “aficionados”!
- 7 species of amphibian.
- 131 types of bird, including the bearded vulture, reintroduced via a breeding programme, plus the golden and Bonelli’s eagle, Griffon vulture, kite, Egyptian vulture, barn owl, tawny owl and kingfisher).
- 17 types of reptile, including the Valverde lizard, discovered in 1958 and exclusive to this Natural Park.
- 37 species of mammal have been recorded, including deer, mountain goats, mufflon, fallow deer, badgers, otters, polecats and wild boar, plus genets, weasels, foxes and squirrels.
- In addition to being lucky enough to see animals in the wild, there is also a possibility of contemplating some of the more elusive species such as the mufflon from close-up at the “Collado del Almendral” wildlife park.