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altThere are few places in Europe where you can see as many wild animals roaming freely in their natural habitat as you can in the Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park. It is an exceptional refuge for Spain's wildlife.

Your pulse will quicken in that magical moment when you first catch sight of a mountain goat making its way across an impossibly rocky crag. You can come across red deer, mouflon and fallow deer in any part of park and you will be able to observe them in their family groups, made up of does and faws. You may even see solitary large stags. Meanwhile, the friendly squirrels could catch you unawares as they clamber acrobatically through the trees, and

if you turn your gaze skywards you will be surprised at how easy it is to spot bearded vultures, presiding over the high plateaus and enclosed valleys with their slow, unhurried flight.

And if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of an animal that has become a symbol of pride for the park: the bearded vulture. After becoming extinct in this region in 1986, this remarkable bird has been returned the park as a result of an ambitious and complex reintroduction project. The sight of its elegant silhouette gliding above the rockiest cliff faces is proof that humankind is able to stop, change direction and once again live in harmony with the rest of the natural world: the park has served as a hub for raising and releasing bearded vultures and has thereby played a vital part in reintroducing them to Andalusia and beyond. The dream of reintroduction and of restoring harmony with nature has been realised in the Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas mountain ranges: when you visit, you will see the results for yourself.


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