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Conservation Facts

Population: 7.6 million
Total Area: 41.290 km2
Population density: 187 per km2
Protected Area: 23%
National Parks: 1
Largest Nature reserve: Swiss National Parl 172.000 ha

Resident Photographers:

Franco Banfi
Michel Roggo

Visiting Photographers:

Verena Popp-Hackner

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The heart of the Alps mountain chain, one of the most diverse ecosystems in Europe, truly reaches for the sky in Switzerland: 48 peaks are higher than 4.000 m. Although a relatively small and densely populated country Switzerland is just as densely packed with a variety of habitats, many of which are under strict protection, the Swiss National Park being the oldest in central Europe.

Like many other areas in Switzerland the National Park is the perfect place to spot species adapted to high Alpine habitats like Chamois, Golden Eagle and the Ibex. The latter only because of a unique conservation effort after the population was hunted to extinction in the 19th century. It started with three “high-jacked” individuals from Gran Paradiso NP in Italy in 1906 and ended with a population of 14.000 Ibex roaming the Swiss Alps nowadays
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Even more iconic for the Alps than the Ibex is for Alpine wildlife is the Matterhorn for the whole mountain chain and far beyond.
At 4.478 m, the “Horu” as the Swiss fondly call it, is a very risky and challenging climb. Many mountaineers have lost their lives at its cragged flanks.
Less dangerous and simply breathtaking is to sit and watch its characteristic silhouette come alive at a clear morning sunrise - a true Wild Wonder of Europe.