Wildlife in France - guide to French wildlife and animals

young wolf in French Pyrenees

 

Wildlife in France: because of the large size of France, and the large percentage of the country that is still rural and / or forested, there are many intact natural habitats. We introduce some of the more common wildlife in France that you might see on a visit, or might hear and hope you don't see, and some wildlife you are very unlikely to come across.

French wildlife gallery

New and updated!! See awesome photos of French animals at our France wildlife photo gallery

Large mammals

 

Semi-wild horses

 

Small mammals and insects

 

Aquatic mammals, animals and reptiles

 

France has a great range of natural habitats, and the diverse environments lead equally to a great diversity in the wildlife to be found - some species are found quite generally across France while other species are restricted to quite restricted areas of mountains or other specialised environments.

Note: there is a significant difference in climate between the north of the country, the south of France, and the Mediterranean region - these are also important factors in explaining the distribution of wildlife across the regions.

Photo gallery of French Wildlife

See full size photos of cute animals at France wildlife photo gallery

Hunting

Learn about Hunting in France - learn about the chasse / the hunt in France

Mythical Creatures

The one thing that France seems to lack is 'mythical wildlife' such as the Beast of Exmoor of England or Loch Ness Monster in Scotland - if such a creature exists somewhere in France please let us know.

The closest I found was the Beast of Gevaudan, a wolf-like creature that terrorised the Lozere department in the 18th century - but it seems that was very probably a man disguised as a wolf.

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