Sunday, June 16 2024

Environment

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The small-bodied species of the Skyrian horse is one of the rarest horse breeds in the world. It was native to Greece, and in ancient times lived throughout the country. Currently it is estimated that about 300 Skyrian horses left in the world, of which over 220 live in Greece, 152 of them in Skyros. The Skyrian horse is a protected species. The Skyrian Horse Society is a non-profit organisation set up in 2006 with the goal of ensuring a pedigree is developed for the horse.

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A sacred animal to Artemis, ancient goddess of the hunt and wilderness, the deer is historically celebrated in Greek culture. One of the largest deer species, and the largest herbivore in Greece, the Red Deer, known by its scientific name as Cervus elaphus, is much admired by those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of its grace.