Valdeserrillas, 29 April 2016 – 12 European bison have been released into Valdeserrillas nature reserve, Spain, this week in the largest bison reintroduction ever in Western Europe. True Nature Foundation collaborated with the European Bison breeding programme of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
Also in Europe wildlife crime is taking place. Too often nests and dens of protected wildlife such as raptors, foxes and badgers are pillaged or destroyed. In the worst case, the animals are injured, poisoned or shot. To halt this, several European countries have established wildlife crime reporting services.
In February a golden jackal was spotted in the Veluwe, a forest area in the centre of the Netherlands. This first-ever observation of this species in the Netherlands was "accidentally" recorded with the help of a camera trap during a research project focusing on ungulates.
Valdeserrillas has been set up as an animal reserve and is supported by the Municipality of Benageber. The current size of the reserve is 365 hectares. The amount of hectares is bound to increase in this and following years. Valdeserrillas is also in the final stage of acquiring UNESCO status.
Doñana National Park in Andalusia occupies the right bank of the Guadalquivir river at its estuary on the Atlantic Ocean. It is notable for the great diversity of its biotopes, especially lagoons, marshlands, fixed and mobile dunes, scrub woodland and maquis. It is one of the largest heronries in the Mediterranean region and is the wintering site for more than 500,000 water fowl each year.
Parque Mineiro is part of Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana. Guadiana is a natural park in south-eastern Portugal. This area with hills, plains and deep valleys around Serpa and Mértola shelters the Rio Guadiana, one of Portugal’s largest and most important rivers. Among its rich variety of flora and fauna are several rare or endangered species.
The Danube Delta is a remarkable wetland area feature constituting critical habitat for migratory birds and other animals. It is the major remaining wetland on the flyway between central and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean and Middle East and Africa.
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