Wildlife and Fauna

Zoology acknowledges that Greece is one of the most biodiverse countries in Europe, something that's highlighted further by the number of 'home-grown' or endemic species in the list of endangered species or 'Red List'.

About 17% of species in the Red List are actually endemic ones, which reflects a high proportion of uniqueness. Overall, there are estimated to be as much as 50,000 species of fauna in the country, with many undocumented. Some 23,000 of these are land and freshwater species, plus 3,500 sea species, according to a census in 2004.

You'll come along many of these oddities on your hikes or walking by the beach, and every one of these is considered precious for a delicate ecosystem. Let's do our best to keep it the balance in check.


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