January 30th, 2023
This amount is equal to 15% of the national terrain and brims with beautiful wildlife.
With 24 national parks, more than 1.5 million hectares of land in Italy is protected.
Italian wolf, also known as the Apennine wolf, is a subspecies of grey wolf native to the Italian Peninsula
The Apennine wolf is the national animal of Italy.
At one stage they risked extinction, but have since made a comeback thanks to conservation efforts.
The Marsicun brown bear, or Apennine brown bear, is a subspecies of the Eurasian brown bear.
Sadly, it's critically endangered and its range is restricted the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo.
The Sardinian long-eared bat is a species of bat endemic to Sardinia, Italy.
This species was discovered recently in 2002 in the caves of central Sardinia.
It is the sole surviving endemic mammal to the Sardinia Island, but is currently a vulnerable species.
This hare is found in maquis shrubland, grassland, cultivated areas and dunes.
It is common and widespread on Sicily where it occurs from sea-level up to 2400 metres on Mount Etna.
The best places to look are open grassy or arable fields, particularly near to woodland fringes or decent hedgerows.
The Eurasian lynx is the third largest predator in Europe after the brown bear and the wolf, and the largest of the lynx species.
Almost 100 years after it was declared extinct in central Italy, the lynx is believed to have returned.
These hoofed and horned animals form part of several species of wild mountain goat (genus Capra.)
They can be distinguished by the male’s large recurved horns, which are notably ridged in front.
This is a subspecies of the red deer, endemic to the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia and Corsica.
Their antlers are slightly smaller than those belonging to a typical red deer
The best time to see them is between August-November as this is the mating season.
Named for the golden hue on their head and neck feathers, Golden Eagles are large, powerful birds capable of fast flight.
In Italy, the Golden Eagle occupies alpine and subalpine habitats, as well as hills and sometimes lowland areas
According to the figures released by Coldiretti, in the last ten years the number of wild boars in Italy has increased to 2 million.
The province of Genoa is among the areas most densely populated by wild boar in Italy, with an estimated 25 boar per 10 square miles.
The Mediterranean monk seal population is estimated less than 700 in the world.
The Mediterranean monk seals are most common around Foca near Izmir, on the Aegean coast.
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