GURU Cyprus

Cyprus is an island steeped in ancient history and sun-kissed beauty, and it boasts a remarkable biodiversity that unfolds across its diverse landscapes.

Perhaps the most famous of natural environments are the Troodos Mountains, a majestic range that shelters a rich tapestry of wildlife. Embark on a wildlife adventure and discover the creatures that call this mountain range home.


As you venture into the heart of the Troodos, keep an eye out for the island’s emblematic wild sheep, the mouflon. These graceful creatures, the island’s national animal, with their impressive horns and agile movements, roam the mountain slopes, their presence a testament to the island’s pristine natural heritage. Alongside the mouflon you can also see hares and foxes, though you’ll have to be quick to catch a glimpse!

Enjoy a Symphony of Birdsong

The skies above the Troodos echo with a symphony of bird calls as a diverse array of feathered friends takes to the air. The mountain range serves as a vital stopover for migratory birds, while endemic species like the Cyprus Warbler and the Cyprus Magpie grace its rocky outcrops and lush woodlands. If you’re lucky you might just catch sight of a Griffon Vulture or Bonelli’s Eagle. Finally, if you’re sharp-eyed, and possibly out at night, there’s the Cyprus Scops Owl, a stunning little black and white owl. 

A Realm of Reptiles and Amphibians

Scramble through the undergrowth and you might encounter some of the Troodos’ reptilian inhabitants. The elusive spur-thighed tortoise, with its beautiful shell markings, emerges from burrows to soak up the sun, while bold green lizards scurry among the rocks, their vibrant colors adding a splash of life to the forest floor. The mountains are also home to a number of snakes, including the endangered watersnake Natrix natrix which has been seen at the Xyliatos dam.

A Haven for Bats

As dusk descends, the mountains transform into a realm of nocturnal creatures, and bats emerge from their hidden roosts to embark on their aerial adventures. These agile flyers, including the Bechstein’s bat and the Mediterranean horseshoe bat, play a crucial role in maintaining the ecosystem by pollinating plants and controlling insect populations.

Protecting Troodos’ Wildlife: A Collective Responsibility

The rich wildlife of the Troodos is a precious gift that we must cherish and protect. Responsible tourism practices, such as minimizing disturbances to wildlife habitats and adhering to local regulations, play a vital role in safeguarding the natural beauty of the mountains.

By embracing a respectful and eco-conscious approach to exploration, we can ensure that future generations will continue to marvel at the diverse wildlife that calls Troodos home.