Animals of Albania

In all, about 760 different species of vertebrates can be found in Albania. Among these are 350 species of birds, 330 species of marine and freshwater fish, along with about 80 mammalian species. Relatively large populations of Albania’s national symbol, the golden eagle, can also found throughout the country’s vast forests. Lack of hunting regulations has taken a heavy toll on some of Albania’s native fauna. Included in these numbers are 91 globally endangered species, such as the Dalmatian pelican, the European sea sturgeon, the pigmy cormorant, and the Balkan lynx.