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Wildlife in Fuerteventura

With over 150 sandy beaches and warm weather all year round, Fuerteventura has the ideal climate and rich natural landscape for vast expanses of amazing scenery housing lots of wildlife.

This Canary Island is an ideal spot to completely unwind and soak up the vibes of untamed nature with hikes alongside a local guide, or self-guided 4x4 safaris where you can see the island's wildlife inhabitants up close.

Take a look at a turtle nursery

If you'd like to see the turtle reintroduction programme's work and future plans, you can visit the Turtle Nursery in Pajara.

Turtle eggs are collected from the nearby Cape Verde Islands each year and placed in protected artificial nests, then the hatchlings are kept in special tanks for two years before being released.

Just a half hour drive from Costa Calma and Jandia resorts, Pajara makes a fantastic day trip.

Enjoy the diversity of Parque Natural de Corralejo

One of the most popular parks for nature hikes on the island is the Parque Natural de Corralejo which lies along the west coast, just south of the town, Corralejo. You can take 4x4 adventure tours into the wide expanses of sand dunes and ancient solidified lava flows here.

And another top wildlife-spotting activity is visiting Montana Roja, meaning Red Mountain, which is a long-dormant volcanic cone.

The coast here was once a haven for loggerhead and leatherback turtles to lay their eggs. Over time the turtle population has dwindled, but a government-backed programme of reintroduction is slowly bringing them back.

The breezy winds and strong waves attract windsurfers and kitesurfers to the coast, as well as relaxed groups of sunbathers. Locals often build little barriers in the sand with loose stones which make excellent windbreaks for the latter.

Explore Fuerteventura’s conservation areas

Almost half of Fuerteventura's landscape lies within nature parks and conservation areas, so keep your smartphone or camera at the ready to take pictures. You won't have far to go for lots of Instagram-worthy wild beauty.

Discover the birds, plant life and sea life

Wildlife enthusiasts will discover something interesting or beautiful around every turn in Fuerteventura. With both freshwater and seawater habitats here, fish and sea life are plentiful and extremely diverse.

This attracts a multitude of bird species, many of which use the island as a stopover on their migration journeys. Some of the rarer breeds that visit Fuerteventura are Egyptian Vultures – also known as Pharaoh's chickens – and Houbara Bustards.

No indigenous mammals live on the island, so all the animals you'll see have been accidentally introduced by sailors or individuals as livestock or pets. Still, there's plenty to see including camels, wild donkeys, goats, chipmunks and squirrels.

Plant life is most definitely abundant here – mostly in the form of grasses, lichens and fragrant herbs. These attract many species of butterflies including the stunning Clouded Yellow and the amazingly colourful Crimson Speckled Moth.

Experience a UNESCO Biosphere habitat

Fuerteventura was awarded UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status in 2009 due to its incredible biodiversity and stunning landscape.

The island's wild terrain features 326 kilometres of coastline, most of which remains natural and untouched. Long stretches of sand dunes, low rugged cliffs and wetlands are all teeming with wildlife, while the surrounding water is alive with many species of fish.

The island is of immense international interest to scientists because of its rich fossil record, which contributes to our understanding of how the earth has developed over millennia.

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