Wildlife Conservation in Crete

Striped Dolphins (image by João Quaresma www.joaoquaresma.com ©) kindly donated to Conservation in Crete

Wildlife conservation in Crete starts with knowledge of the ecology and diversity of the island. Our nature pages cover a great deal about the island’s natural history.

A visit to the Natural History Museum of Crete in Iraklion will show the world of Cretan nature.

Here we look at some of the rare and endangered fauna one-by-one, and organisations and projects which you can support.

Wildlife to Watch

Monk Seal Monk Seal Monachus monachus
Leatherback Turtle Leatherback Turtle Dermochelys coriacea
Green Turtle Crete Kriti Green Turtle Chelonia mydas
Loggerhead Turtle Greece by Chomik Loggerhead Turtle Caretta caretta
Bearded Vulture Crete Kriti Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus
Eleonora's Falcon Crete Kriti Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae
Sperm Whale by Pedro Madruga Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus
in Azores by Pedro Madruga
Striped Dolphins by João QuaresmaStriped Dolphins Stenella coeruleoalba
by João Quaresma
Kri Kri Crete Kriti by Yannis DourosKri Kri Cretan Wild Goat Capra aegagrus creticus
Cretan Spiny Mouse Crete KritiCretan Spiny Mouse Acomys minous
is vulnerable and is on the ICU

Conservation in Crete - Action

pelagos Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute www.pelagosinstitute.gr
archelon Archelon – the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece www.archelon.gr
wwf greece World Wildlife Fund Greece www.wwf.gr
The Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal The Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal www.mom.gr
The Monachus Guardian The Monachus Guardian www.monachus-guardian.org

www.ecocrete.gr - The Pan-Cretan Network of Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations, named Eco Crete is the coordinating body of ten environmental NGOs in Crete. It has been established since 2004.

The Mediterreanean Monk Seal Monachus monachus is Europe’s most endangered marine mammal and the rarest seal species in our oceans worldwide.

Turtle Conservation

Loggerhead Turtle

The Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) nest along Crete's coastlines. There are three project sites run each year by Archelon to help conserve this species. Volunteers can join in one of the locations on Crete between 15 May and 10 October each summer.

  • Chania
  • Rethymnon
  • Messara
Archelon Volunteers - Turtle Project

Please consider what you might do to contribute to protecting some of Crete's unique animal species, have a look at the websites of these organisations. Of course each one is dependant on the healthy ecology of the island of Crete, her waterways and her seas.

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Reforest Greece!

'Plant Your Roots In Greece' is a program actively involved in reforestation all over Greece, including Crete. Especially after summer fires, miles of precious forests and habitat have been lost. We need to replant now and recreate the forests of the future.

'Plant Your Roots in Greece' is a dedicated charity which commenced in 1991. Please click on the logo to donate on their website, with alot of more information about the good work they do.

If you have a ecological issue or project in Crete, or a concern for conservation in Crete, please let us know on our Contact Form. We would love to hear from you.

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