Thursday, August 04, 2011

Red Deer of Athens

As a matter of fact, these are located in Mt Parnitha, the highest mountain near Athens, that is 1.413 metres high. Released in the wild several decades ago, they have established a viable population of more than 400 individuals. The indigenous Red Deer population in Greece has crached, with very few animals left in the borders with Bulgaria, due to extensive hunting. Nevertheless, the example of Parnitha shows that its distribution could expand provided there's sufficient protection from poachers.
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