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===Wildlife===
 
===Wildlife===
[[Image:Phoenicopterus_roseus_1_(Martin_Mecnarowski).jpg|thumb|250px|Pink flamingo]]
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[[Image:File:Phoenicopterus_roseus_1_(Martin_Mecnarowski).jpg|thumb|250px|Pink flamingo]]
 
The Camargue is one of the major bird reserves in Europe. Birdwatching is therefore a rewarding activity in the area, with the pink flamingo (''flamant rose'') being the mascotte of the region. The flamingo colony is the largest in Western Europe, numbering some 10,000 birds. In total, over 400 bird species can be observed in the area, about 1/4 of which is nesting there.
 
The Camargue is one of the major bird reserves in Europe. Birdwatching is therefore a rewarding activity in the area, with the pink flamingo (''flamant rose'') being the mascotte of the region. The flamingo colony is the largest in Western Europe, numbering some 10,000 birds. In total, over 400 bird species can be observed in the area, about 1/4 of which is nesting there.
 
Larger wild animals are mostly lacking. You will have a good chance to run into a ''ragondin'' or river rat, an animal similar to the muskrat, which was imported from South America for its fur, but which is now considered a pest because of its destructive burrowing behaviour. The Camargue cattle and horses are allowed to roam freely in some areas, but they are not exactly wild animals.
 
Larger wild animals are mostly lacking. You will have a good chance to run into a ''ragondin'' or river rat, an animal similar to the muskrat, which was imported from South America for its fur, but which is now considered a pest because of its destructive burrowing behaviour. The Camargue cattle and horses are allowed to roam freely in some areas, but they are not exactly wild animals.

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