Animal kingdom

All that creeps and crawls...

Wildlife such as ibexes and marmots astonish and amaze hikers and nature-lovers. Dung-beetles, spiders and flies might not seem spectacular at first glance. But the species-rich fauna of the nature park and glacier region Kaunertal has found an excellent refuge in the many different climate zones.

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Ibexes and other mountain climbers...


The king is holding an audience in Kaunertal. Did you know that Kaunertal has the biggest population of ibexes in the whole of Austria? It numbers 1,200 animals - the largest connected group of ibexes in Austria. So it is no surprise that it appears in many of our brochures and stickers of it can be spotted on quite a number of cars. 

Hunting is taken very seriously in our region and has gained cultural status. Emperor Maximilian I. of Habsburg already appreciated Kaunertal as an excellent hunting ground. Sonorous names like Kaiserbergtal and Kaisersee in the rear of Kaunertal likely go back to the emperor’s hunts for the Alpine ibex.


When hiking through the Kaunertal mountains, you might be surprised at hearing frequent whistling. What you hear is marmots warning others of their species. Alpine marmots are the biggest rodents in the Alps. They hibernate from October to April and are highly active in the summer months. They are very common in Kaunertal, and you can often spot them playing on the many hiking paths in the rear of Kaunertal.

Insects and butterflies

The dry grassland and sunny slopes of Kauns and Kaunerberg are a valuable habitat for many heat-loving plants and animals. You can observe more than 1,100 species of butterfly, many of which are active at night!

The return of the “dark bees”

Apis mellifera mellifera, also called the European dark bee, is the prototype of the honeybee in Tyrol. Meinrad Falkeis, Chairman of the Beekeeping Association Kauns-Kaunerberg-Kaunertal, is active in orchestrating the resettlement of the dark bee in our region. In cooperation with Kaunergrat nature park, he launched a breeding programme in the Kauns-Kaunerberg-Kaunertal area. A dedicated protected area and the joint marketing of bee products are only two of the many committed project targets. Kaunergrat nature park is offering events and programme items, allowing you to experience the life of bees up close: for instance, a “glass beehive” gives you an insight into the busy and work-intensive life of bees. A bee’s life is no picnic.....

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