Fuerteventura, Ornithological Reserve, Sustainable actions

The fauna of the Island of Fuerteventura

Numerous animal species characteristic of the Majorero island live in Fuerteventura. Sea, land and air animals coexist between desert and arid landscapes, as well as on the coasts of the island. A perfect place to live. Throughout the post you will discover a world unknown to many people who are not from the island.

Delve into the fauna of Fuerteventura and get to know it from a different point of view.

Marine Fauna

Bathed on all four sides by water, marine life it is one of the most important in Fuerteventura. The low temperature of the water and the geographical location welcomes a large number of different species.

The Sea Bream, Red Porgy or Grouper abound in the waters of Fuerteventura. While on the rocky beaches we will find sea snails, limpets, Majorero mussels or red crab, a kind of crab common to this Atlantic area.

Terrestrial Fauna

The Majorero goat is perhaps the most prominent mammal on the island and is a symbol of Fuerteventura. Among the different species of goats, the Puipana or Pipana. Their fur is blond, white or reddish with spots in shades of brown. Their natural habitat is in desert and arid areas, so you can find them in any part of Fuerteventura.

The Barbary ground squirrel occupies almost all of the terrain of the island. Their favorite places are steep areas and those with nooks and crannies in which to hide. They come from North Africa and are characterized by having short hair and a bushy tail. Four dark-brown stripes and two white ones run along the body of this animal.

The camel and the Majorero donkey also find their home in Fuerteventura. In past times they were used for loading and transporting materials. This fact means that at present the number of species has decreased. For the conservation of donkeys, the association was created SOO Group for the Conservación y Promotion of the Majorero Donkey (SOO Grupo para la Conservación y Fomento del Burro Majorero)

Finally, we will talk about the Bardino Majorero dog. A breed native to Fuerteventura. These dogs are large in size, so in the past, their work was dedicated to caring for livestock and guarding farms and chalets. En Fuerteventura existe La Association for the Conservación of the Majorero dog (Asociación para la Conservación del Perro Majorero). This Association aims to keep the Bardino Majorero breed pure, as well as care for and promote its survival.


Many birds find Fuerteventura as their place to rest during the migration season. However, the island of Majorera has a great diversity of its own birds.

The most popular are the Canarian houbara or Great Bustard, the Canary Islands stonechat, Scopoli’s shearwater, coursers, Black-winged stilt or the Egyptian Vulture, which is considered in danger of extinction. In any part of the island we can find different species. On the coast we will find some, while in the more desert landscapes we can find completely different birds. A show that you cannot miss!

Verdeaurora Ornithological Reserve

At Verdeaurora Bio Farm we recognize the importance of animals in our world and that is why we want them to have the best possible life. If it is in our power to help them achieve it, we will do it. The estate has several hectares where goats, sheep, donkeys or dogs live together freely.

In 2016 we focused on the conservation of migratory birds and those that nest in Fuerteventura. We created the Ornithological Reserve in which the birds can feed on the cereal crops, fruit trees, palm trees or hedges, where they can also nest. Additional, a 500 square meter wetland It serves as a water source for all those birds and animal species that visit us daily.

You, too, can experience this part of Fuerteventura almost unknown to the sun and beach tourists. Verdeaurora becomes a spectacular enclave to practice birdwatching.


Discover first-hand how the birds of Fuerteventura reproduce, breed and live on this island of Majoreros.