FAUNA IN LEROS
Fauna in Leros
….and the flora is of an unequalled richness in Europe. Because of their isolation, the islands are home to many endemic species.
Overall, Greeks love animals and nature. You will be able to see many donkeys and mules and it is also interesting to watch the life of CATS especially in LEROS. What would life be like in Greece without cats!!!
In terms of flora and fauna, RODOS is thus closer to Asia Minor than to the rest of the country. The interior of the island is mountainous, uninhabited and covered with pine and cypress forests. The famous valley of PETALOUDES (“valley of butterflies” in GREEK) welcomes in summer a large number of moths of the family Arctiidae.
The Greek fauna is particularly rich. It is especially the ornithologists who will find their happiness. Greece and its islands are indeed one of the obligatory places of passage for more than half of the migratory birds known in Europe, very protected on the island of TILOS.
The Aegean Sea is also home to a large population of LIPSI dolphins and the last SYMI monk seals, a species unfortunately endangered.
TILOS small Greek island of 320 inhabitants in the DODEKANISOS, hides one of the most isolated national parks of the Dodecanese. Each year, 140 pairs of Eleonore falcons out of the last 3,000 recorded worldwide arrive from Madagascar and nest in the Aegean Sea, 100 km from RODOS.
Other ornithological curiosities, three pairs of Bonelli’s eagles out of the 800 that remain in Europe, two pairs of golden eagles, some tawny vultures, 60 pairs of Aegean gulls or a colony of grey sheep. The ban on hunting, for the past fourteen years, has encouraged the reproduction of species.