Over 600 Montseny brook newts released into their natural habitat

Barcelona Zoo takes part in a project to recover this species, regarded as the most endangered amphibian in Western Europe, in its natural habitat. Recent weeks have seen 354 young individuals and 266 larvae released in different springs in Montseny. These latest reintroductions bring the number of animals released into their natural habitat since 2010 to more than 3,000.

22/05/2024 17:05 h

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The brook newts come from Barcelona Zoo, the fauna centres of Torreferrussa and Pont de Suert operated by the Government of Catalonia, the Calafell Environmental Education and Research Centre (CREAC) and Chester Zoo, all with their own breeding and growth programmes for the larvae of this amphibian. The initiative is part of the European project Life Tritó Montseny.

Besides the Montseny brook newt, the Zoo is involved in reintroduction projects for the Spanish pond turtle (Mauremys leprosa), Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni) the Spanish toothcarp (Aphanius Iberus), the Majorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis), the European polecat (Mustela putorius), the Northern bald iris (Geronticus eremita) and others.


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