Macedonia is a country in southern Europe, located in the central Balkan peninsula. It is lush in vegetation including unique trees, flowers and fruit. There are numerous mountain ranges and lakes. It's vast array of flora provides habitat to many species of animals. None of which are on the endangered species list.
An abundance of mammals can be found in Macedonia. Most of these animals are rodents such as the Red Squirrel
, Wood Mouse and European pine vole
. Other animals include, European Hare
, Lesser White-toothed Shrew, and many species of bats including the Common Pipistrelle
Over 260 species of Carnivores (whom feed on meat primarily) exist in Macedonia. Bears, Lynx, wildcats and grey wolf are among those found in the forest. The Lynx is considered to be a national animal of the Republic of Macedonia. The grouse, blackcap
, imperial eagle and the forest owl are birds that make their home in the forest as well.
There are 53 natural and artificial lakes in Macedonia. Lake Ohrid is home to gudgeon, trout, and whitefish. A species of snails more than 30 million years old can be found here and a similar species can only be found in Lake Baikal. The European eel is also present.
The Yugoslav Shepherd (also called the Illyrian Shepherd Dog) is a domestic dog that originated in Macedonia. It is a large, strong dog with dense fur. It was originally bred as an ancient livestock guarding dog and is now gaining popularity in North America for sheep herding.