Plants and animals, flora and fauna, or whatever you prefer to call them, really do make the Hohe Tauern National Park come alive. Their symbiosis creates life in the high mountains and their coexistence in the sensitive natural area in the Hohe Tauern is one of those very special experiences that has long been talked about.
Through the natural surroundings with eyes wide open …
… should you be out and about to experience the entirety of the Hohe Tauern National Park. It is not just the rough structuring in terms of landscape, but also the climatic differences that create a mix of habitats that is unique to the Hohe Tauern. This interplay of strength is one fundamental reason for the wide and variety plants and animals that you are able to gaze in wonder at in the Hohe Tauern National Park.
The animals in the Hohe Tauern
The Hohe Tauern National Park is home to over 10,000 species. This variety is the result of complex interesting developments – in part evolution, but very probably too from immigration and displacement. Would you like to see animals roaming freely in the National Park? Then follow the rangers to see the ibex, feeding the red deer or to observe the bearded vultures or the golden eagles. Anyone who heads out on this path and makes inroads into the natural surroundings, will get to observe interesting animals and find out how the animals cope with the harsh surroundings in the high mountains.
The “Big Five” of Hohe Tauern National Park
No, this is not talking about a big game safari in the local realms of the Hohe Tauern. Although the National Park would not be one of the most interesting habitats in the Alps if it were not also able to present its ‘Big Five’. What we are talking about here is the bearded vulture, the golden eagle, ibex, marmot and the chamois. Anyone who wants to see these Big Five and see them roaming freely ought to take a closer look at the Ranger programme.
The plants in the Hohe Tauern
A fascinating case right from the start – the Hohe Tauern is home to a third of all the plants that are found in Austria. Once again, the reason for this lies in the climatic conditions that prevail in the entire surface area of the National Park. Anyone who is interested in being able to find out about the lots of different plants that are in the Hohe Tauern, ought to head out on a Ranger tour or get information in the “univerzoom” or in the “rangerlabs” exhibits in Mallnitz Visitor Centre. There are so many interesting facts to discover, find out about and take away.
Habitats in the Hohe Tauern
To explain where and what plants are to be found in the Hohe Tauern, we have split the park into four altitude levels – the Montan level (700 – 1700 m) is characterised by deciduous forest, mixed woodland and spruce forest, the sub-alpine level (1600 – 2300m) features predominantly larch and Swiss pine woodlands, whereas in the Alpine level (2300 – 3100 m) it is Alpine grasses and shrubbery that are found. In the Nival level (from 3000m) it is only more distinct specialists that have the opportunity to perfectly adapt to survival at these great heights.
About the life of a Ranger
“I am inspired time and again by the natural surroundings, even if I am indeed out and about in the Hohe Tauern right across the year. The fantastic plants and animals that live in the Hohe Tauern National Park, really do inspire me and I am especially delighted when I am able to show my visitors this Alpine wonder world and provide them with more information about it… !”