The exact number of animal species in the Alps is unknown, though estimates place that number at about 30.000.
Animals that live in mountains like the Julian Alps are naturally often those that shy away from contact with humans. However, if you do visit the Alps and walk quietly away from the busy paths, you may well see some Alpine animals during your wanderings.
The Alps are home to many animal species, from the iconic to the reclusive. Some species are in danger of extinction, whilst others have been reintroduced or have returned of their own accord. For many animals, protected natural areas are an essential safe haven. The Triglav National Park protects numerous endemic animal and plant species in a region of high mountains and deep river gorges.
The fragmentation of the land and urban sprawl have also made it harder for animals to move around (migration, searching for food, breeding, etc.) so it is now essential that we maintain or create links between their living areas, such as biological corridors.
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The Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range system that lies entirely in Europe, stretching approximately 1,200 kilometers (750 mi) across eight Alpine countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, and Switzerland