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"The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?"
but "Can they suffer?"- Jeremy Benthan -
1992

Foundation of ARCTUROS

ARCTUROS is a non profit, non governmental, environmental organization (NGO) founded in 1992, focusing on the protection of wildlife fauna and natural habitat, in Greece and abroad.
The foundation of ARCTUROS was driven by constant need to solve the problem of bear and wolf imprisonment; a common occurence at the time. It was that need, which led to the creation of a complete action framework, under the umbrella of ARCTUROS.

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Bear
Shelter

Nimfeo
50 acres
Altitude: 1.350m.

Wolf
Shelter

Agrapidies
70 acres
Altitude: 650m.

Brown Bear Information Centre

Nimfeo
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Altitude: 1350m.
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Protected Species

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WOLF
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BEAR
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SHEPERD DOG
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CHAMOIS
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OTTER
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DEER
-4
ROE DEER
-5
JACKAL

WOLF

The wolf has been a symbol of power and freedom, as well as a character of legend for thousands of years. In fact, the “big bad wolf” is in much greater need to be protected from us than we are from him. The wolf used to be the mammal with the biggest geographical distribution on the planet, covering nearly the whole of the northern hemisphere.

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BEAR

The brown bear has the widest worldwide distribution of all species of bears. Until recently it was found in North America, northern Mexico, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Today however, bears are only found in northwestern North America, Europe and most of North Asia.

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SHEPERD DOG

The Greek shepherd dog has been bred in the mountainous regions for centuries, in order to guard the flocks. Its adaption to the harsh conditions of the mountainous stock raising have helped it develop characteristics that make it an invaluable guardian, able to face the attacks of large carnivores such as the bear and the wolf.

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CHAMOIS

The chamois is the most iconic, large mammal of the Greek high mountains. It is also one of the most endangered animals in the Balkan peninsula. It feeds mainly on herbaceous plants, and complements its diet with leaves, tree branches and lichens.

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OTTER

The Eurasian otter is a small animal that lives on the banks of rivers and lakes, and only where the water is very clean. It is considered one of the rarest and most endangered mammals in the continent. It is an important health indicator of mountain water so it is strictly protected by all the countries of the EU.

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DEER

Deer are distributed in almost all of Europe, Northern Africa, most of the mountain ranges of Southern Asia, Siberia, the Far East and Northern America. During the winter, they prefer to live in the forests, whereas during the summer they reach areas with higher altitude where food is bountiful.

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ROE DEER

It is the smallest species of deer. During winter it can be seen in lower altitudes, while in the summer it moves higher depending on the availability of and the quantity of food. It can live in various forest habitats (deciduous or mixed conifer forests) and occurs in big numbers in central and northern Europe.

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JACKAL

It belongs to the canine family and can be found in Europe (mostly the Balkans), in Asia and Africa. It is a small mammal that, despite its ominous reputation, feeds of plants and fruit. The other half of its diet is covered by carrion and small animals such as amphibians, fish, snails, mice, rabbits, insects, birds, but also sheep and goats.

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