Learn About the Wildlife of the Alps

Biodiversity. The Stelvio National Park is home to some of the rarest species of wild animals in the Alps. You need plenty of patience and a well-trained eye to spot them deep among the forest, in grassy clearings or flying high above you.

Footpaths in the mountains are a wonderful place to watch the animals of the Alps, such as ibex, deer, stags, chamois, wolves, stoats, black grouse, hares and eagle owls. You may be able to spot them yourself, often all it takes is to stop for a moment and watch.

Have you noticed the symbol of the Stelvio National Park?

The eagle owl, with its 2.3 m wingspan, is the official symbol of the Stelvio National Park. It thrives in these mountains, so much so that there are now 26 pairs of these birds living in the park.

Is the eagle owl the biggest bird of prey in the park?

Actually no, because around 20 years or so ago some bearded vultures were reintroduced which have a wingspan of 3 m.
Keep an eye on the sky because there are now that many eagle owls and bearded vultures that is rare not to see one.

Do you know which is the easiest animal to hear? Marmots! They are always on the lookout and as soon as they spot someone approaching their burrows, they let out loud warning whistles. If you are riding a mountain bike, you will be surprised how far in advance the marmots spot you, long before you see them. If you hire a mountain guide for your outings, they will also be able to point out the times and places where you can see wildlife in the Stelvio National Park.

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