Category Archives: Spain Wildlife News and Updates

Iberian wolf hunting ban

After almost becoming extinct in Iberia in recent times, The Spanish government announced last week that there will soon be a complete Iberian wolf hunting ban in Spain. (“In the next few days we will add the wolf to the list of protected species,” said Environment Minister Teresa Ribera).

Of great satisfaction to all the environmental action groups and good news for the Iberian wolf but this decision has enraged the leaders of the Spanish hunting federation and its many members plus a lot of farming landowners whos livestock lives with the wolf populations.

Up untill this point, it was still possible to hunt wolf north of the Duero River, where the largest populations are located. (An estimated 2500 individuals).

Time will of course tell how this Iberian wolf hunting ban will affect the natural world of wolf territory but I foresee issues in say, the sierra de culebra in the north of Castilla y Leon where wolf trophy hunting in the regional hunting reserve has been going on for many years.

Read more about the Iberian wolf here. Iberian Wolf (Canis lupus signatus) Lobo Ibérico

Ronda Today

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Wildside Holidays – Spain

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Last years (2020) Lynx cubs fitted with tracking collars

The monitoring and veterinary team for the protection of the Iberian lynx recently fitted GPS tracking collars to several of the cubs born in 2020 at the El Acebuche Iberian lynx breeding center close to El Rocio in Huelva province.

They have also had full medical exams and once the results of the analytics are obtained the cubs will be approved for release later this year in Portugal, Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha.

Quite a few people are commenting about the size of the collars being fitted with some going as far to say thay they are cruel and stop the lynx from hunting. Others say they should have reflective strips on them to help them being seen at night on roads.

I presume the tracking collars are this large and bulky size to help with identification of individuals at a greater distance.

Iberian Lynx vet checkup
Iberian Lynx cub vet checkup before being released into the wild later this year (2021)

Read more about the Iberian lynx in English here…
Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) Lince Ibérico

the official Spanish site is here.

Happy migration time for Buoux the Egyptian vulture

The Egyptian Vulture Buoux hatched in 2018 and has spent a lot of its life in captivity after being rescued and released twice.

Finally he’s crossed the sea and reached Africa after spending the summer in Spain and Portugal.

Map of the Egyptian vultures migration route
Map of the Egyptian vultures migration route through Spain

Interestingly, Buoux is present in areas that the Egyptian Vultures from the Douro (Portugal and Spain) tagged within the LIFE Rupis project are hanging out. The VCF (vulture Conservation Foundation) track the movements of Egyptian Vultures tagged in the Douro Canyon that borders Portugal and Spain, and it seems that Buoux uses similar areas, particularly the Boucle du Baoulé National Park in Mali.

Read the full story here.

More maps and Egyptian vulture movements and news on the website of VCF

Sierra de las Nieves National Park (Almost)

Just a few more meetings and the the future National Park of the Sierra de las Nieves will be the sixteenth in Spain (the third in Anadalusia). This will allow the areas inclusion in the Spanish Network of National Parks.

The Sierra de las Nieves is home to 65 percent of the Spanish fir (Abies pinsapo) forest and is a haven of diversity of habitats and varied fauna. The park also includes an important representation of holm oaks, cork oaks, gall oaks, black pine forests, junipers and riverside forests.

The towns and villages in the affected in the area proposed as the Sierra de las Nieves National Park are Benahavis, El Burgo, Istán, Monda, Parauta, Ronda, Tolox and Yunquera. (Alozaina, Casarabonela, Guaro, Igualeja, Ojén and Serrato outside of the park limits but benefitting from the parks infrastructure etc. (Rural tourism)

The area includes many large rock formations dating back hundreds of millions of years and which have outlined a scene of different types of plutonic, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks; peridotites, gneisses, limestones, dolomites, marbles, serpentinites and alluvial quaternary deposits that act as fillings for the valley bottoms. (Peridotites, very unique worldwide, are one of the rarest rocks in the earth’s crust, because their outcrops show a portion of the lithospheric mantle, which is generally not visible.

The area is already protected under narural park status, biosphere reserve and red 2000

Read more about the Sierra de las Nieves.

The below map shows the proposed Sierra de las Nieves National Park limits and the economic benefits for the surrounding towns and villages.

Sierra de las Nieves National Park
Sierra de las Nieves National Park limits showing also peripheral protection area (Green) and the area affected econimically (Rural tourism)

The Grazalema Guide

The best way to see all our web projects in one place is over at the Grazalema Guide.

The Grazalema Guide – Tourist Information Portal for the Sierra de Grazalema, Wildside Holidays, the town of Ronda and the Caminito del Rey.