The proximity of Africa has given Spain more African species of wildlife than are found in the other Mediterranean peninsulas, while the Pyrenean barrier and the general extent of the country explain the number of indigenous species. The European wolf and the brown bear survive in the scarce wild areas of the northeast. The Barbary ape is possibly indigenous but is more likely an import from North Africa. It survives only under protection, at Gibraltar. The wild boar, ibex (wild goat), and red and fallow deer are more common. More than half of the bird species of Europe are found in Coto Doñana National Park, at the mouth of the Guadalquivir; the Spanish imperial eagle and other large species such as the eagle owl, the buzzard, and several varieties of pheasant are native to the high Pyrenees. Desert locusts have been known to invade southern Spain from North Africa.

Beautiful sunset over the Canary Islands - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Areal view of Tenerife with short-finned pilot whale - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Mount Teide from the ocean - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Sunset from Gran Canaria over Tenerife with the Teide - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Curlew in the dunes - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Forest view with Teide in Tenerife - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Volcano landscape with Teide - Nature Stock Photo Agency
View of Teide in Tenerife - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Above the clouds in Tenerife - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Volcano landscape Tenerife - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Lava landscape with Mount Teide on Tenerife - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Mount Teide with dark clouds coming - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Tenerife Mount Teide with lava rocks - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Cory shear-water floating on the water - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Bottlenose dolphin jumping in the waves - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Dorsal fin of large short fin pilot whale - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Sunset over the ocean - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Canarian sunset - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Cory shear-water flying over the water - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Bottlenose dolphin jumping out of the waves - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Canarian sunset - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Cory’s shear-water floating on the ocean - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Bottle nose dolphin - Nature Stock Photo Agency
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