A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Kri Kri

The feral goat of Crete and found nowhere else in the world and therefore endemic to Crete. Thought to have been brought from Asia by the Minoan civilisation many thousands of years ago and confirmed by genetic matches to bones in archaeological  sites, these goats represent a snapshot in time of an ancient domestic species. Now protected by law from hunting they are found mainly in the White Mountains above Samaria Gorge on Crete. Here photographed in The Botanical Gardens.


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