If you think you know your European geography, you should try our European wildlife quiz!
As one of our many geography quizzes, we’re putting you to the test on where you can find some of the most amazing European wildlife. Some of the answers will probably be pretty surprising – you might not have even heard of all of the animals!
If you’ve ever watched a nature documentary, you should get at least one of these right! Choose wisely!
Where can’t you find wolves in Europe?
The last wolf in Scotland was killed in 1684. In fact, the UK is now the only part of Europe where they remain non existent. Wolves are widespread across Europe, being found in every country on the continent’s mainland since 2017. Exterminating wolves was a trend across much of Europe over the last 700 years, but in recent decades conservation efforts have ensured that their population is growing once again.
Where can you find these big cats?
Ok, so this one is slightly questionable given they are only found in the eastern-most parts of Russia. Tigers are a protected species in Russia and between 480 and 540 tigers were found to be inhabiting the country in 2015.
The Camargue Horse is native to...
Camargue horses are indigenous to the Camargue area of Southern France. They are considered to be amongst the oldest breeds of horse in the world. They are distinctively grey in colour, however their foals are born with normal dark coats which don’t change until they are about 4 to 5 years old.
Which country is home to the Wolverine?
Wolverines can only be found in Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia. This makes the wolverine the rarest of the four largest carnivore species in Europe. These animals are not to be underestimated, although only the size of a medium dog, Wolverines have been recorded to prey on Lynxes and even adult deer!
Where can’t you find the Brown Bear
Encyclopedia Britannica blames “pressures of human expansion and an intensive agricultural system” on the absence of bears in Denmark. However, this country is one of the few in Europe that are not home to this species. Brown bears are surprisingly widely distributed in Europe, although some countries have larger populations than others. There are approximately 200,000 brown bears left in the world. Russia is home to the most in the world at 120,000 and Romania follows to have the second most brown bears in Europe with about 5000. A census in France in 2018 revealed they have only 40 - although repopulation efforts started only recently.
Where can you find the European Adder?
Although you can’t find this venomous snake in Spain or Ireland (there are no snakes there), the species is widespread across western Europe and can be found as far as Eastern China. It is one of only 4 snakes native to Britain, and the only in Scotland. It is found further north than any other snake.
Where can’t you find the European Green Lizard?
Despite Portugal being home to many lizards, its most popular being the Moon Lizard you won’t be able to find the European Green Lizard there! The European Green Lizard is largely found across the north of the Iberian peninsula, to as far east as Ukraine. They can even be found in southern England after attempts to introduce lizards to Britain.
How did you find this European wildlife quiz? Some of the answers were pretty wild right?!
For those of you who just can’t get enough of wildlife, here are some more interesting facts about European wildlife:
- Brown bears are the second largest bears after Polar bears.
- Mother bears can have babies while they are hibernating during the winter!
- Once a wolf finds a mate, they tend to stay with them for life.
- Wolves can grow up to 2m in length – head to tail.
- Wolverines have thick, oily fur which makes it resistant to frost.
- The Camargue Horse has black skin underneath its distinctive white hair!
- There’s a bear in Russia who has become domesticated enough that he takes photos with people!
Let us know any interesting facts we missed out on in the comments below!