In Spain, you'll find many different wildlife species including wild cats
, elk, boar, deer, brown bear
, otters, and seals. Each species lives in their special habitat and some can easily be found while others are elusive.
Spain has a wide variety of wildlife habitat as the country has both woodlands, forests, and seashore. This vast difference in habitat allows for many different types of animals
One very special animal that is native to Spain and on the Critically Endangered list is the Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) also known as the Spanish Lynx
. Less than 100 remain in Spain today. They hunt at night looking for rabbit, rodents, and birds and are rarely seen.
In the forests of Spain it's very common to see wild boar
, Roe deer, and elk (also called Red Deer or Wapiti). These animals can usually be seen grazing at dusk or dawn, although catching a glimpse of one at midday is not unusual. Sightings of the Cross fox, brown bear, Arctic wolf, European polecat
, and badger are less common. All these animals enjoy the woodland habitat in Spain.
Like most countries, Spain has its share of rodents. Squirrels, mice, rabbits, and hares are the more common rodents that you're likely to see.
Along Spain's coastline there's a variety of marine life such as seals, otters, whales, and dolphins that can easily be spotted. Watching a group of seals basking along the shoreline is quite common. The rivers are where you'll find the otters although some are found where sea water meets the river.
The diverse habitat in Spain allows for excellent wildlife viewing and will not disappont travelers to this grand country.