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Wildlife viewing in the Dolomites

The Dolomites are host to an astonishingly diverse ecosystem, where various forms of flora and fauna coexist. Thanks to the variety of different habitats, several animal species can thrive.

Discover the wildlife

Meet, observe and get to know the animals that live in these mountains.

Fauna changes according to the environment. Starting from the undergrowth, you can find small animals such as reptiles, amphibians, squirrels, hares, martens, weasels, badgers, foxes. The deer is the undisputed king of the forest, but it is most common to encounter the smaller roe deer, who come out in the morning and evening hours. Marmots are a common sight if you hike up to the plateaus at higher altitude. Chamois and Alpine ibex inhabit the rocky and rugged terrain around the steep mountain peaks.

Let’s not forget about the equally diverse and fascinating bird life: grouses, woodpeckers, partridges, mountain swallows, owls, whose call you can hear at night. These are only a fraction of the many species who inhabit the skies and the woods of the Dolomites. Looking up towards the highest peaks you can even spot the majestic golden eagle.


It is neither difficult nor rare to experience exciting close encounters with wildlife during a hike in the woods or in the mountains. It is a wonderful and fascinating moment, but it is of upmost importance to behave appropriately and respectfully. First of all, always observe wild animals from a distance. You are allowed to take some pictures, of course, if you want a keepsake of this  beautiful moment. But in any case, always remember to remain silent and don't scare or hurt wild animals.

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