Importance of Natural Resources

Wildlife of the Alps

As you lace up your boots in the morning,
you have a pretty good idea of the scenic splendor you’ll be viewing: jagged, snow-dusted
peaks, towering waterfalls, an icy blue glacial lake. After all, these are the Alps. But what you’re really hoping for, and I can’t
blame you, is that unexpected glimpse of the wildlife that makes the Alps their home. Most of these animals can be viewed and photographed
right from the trail. So, what are you likely to see on your hike? The red fox: he is often seen roaming across
a hillside. You may also see him rushing through a field
beneath a cablecar. He travels solo. The ibex: its cimitaur horns make this mountain
goat easily identifiable. Strong, steady and sturdy, the ibex can live
up to twenty years, usually seen in groups of moms and kids. The chamois, also known and the chammy: He
is smaller than the ibex, but definitely more nimble, easiest to spot when a group crosses
a snowfield. The red deer: only slightly smaller than an
elk, the red deer makes a haunting bellow during the rutting season as males tangle
their racks of antlers to achieve dominance. The nuthatch: a tiny bird, you’ll probably
hear its sweet song before you hear it. A rare skill, they can hop both up and down
a tree trunk. The marmot: these large rodents live most
of their lives underground. Once they surface, listen for their distinctive
whistle, and you’ll spot them as they scamper across grassy hillsides. So, keep your camera ready. Who knows what awaits around the bend when
you’re hiking in the Alps.

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