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Pyrenean Desman (Galemys pyrenaicus)… An aquatic insectivore that is closely related to moles. Classified as ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN these creatures are hard to spot due to their nocturnal and aquatic lifestyle.  Once existing across the mountain ranges of western Europe, this animal now only lives in a national park in Catalonia. There are only 2 species of this unusual family remaining: this, and the Russian Desman (Desmana moschata).
Their demise is thought to be due to their loss of habitat.  Hopefully further research by scientists from the University of Barcelona will help to save these amazing animals!

Pyrenean Desman (Galemys pyrenaicus)… An aquatic insectivore that is closely related to moles. Classified as ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN these creatures are hard to spot due to their nocturnal and aquatic lifestyle.  Once existing across the mountain ranges of western Europe, this animal now only lives in a national park in Catalonia. There are only 2 species of this unusual family remaining: this, and the Russian Desman (Desmana moschata).

Their demise is thought to be due to their loss of habitat.  Hopefully further research by scientists from the University of Barcelona will help to save these amazing animals!


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