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The Bafi Refuge belongs in the Greek Mountaineering Contact (E.O.S.) Athens which was founded in 1928 and is found in term Parnitha, roughly 2.5 km from the Mont Parness. The flora and the fauna of National Drymoy' of Parnitha are from richer the country. More from 1000 plant species endimoy'n in the mountainous volume of Parnitha, live a lot of mammals as the deer (unique in all Southern Greece) and have been measured more by 130 birds. From the shelter a crowd of paths they begin to all the directions of Parnitha which can offer small and easy walks the half and one hour or long and difficult walks for exigent. The shelter is open all the days of time, allocates cooker, rooms 4 and 16 beds and a big room of 32 beds. For reservations you can telephone in the telephone of shelter: 210-2469050

The red deer or the noble elafos (Cervus elaphus) is the protagonist of the fauna in the Parnitha National Park. Live and reproduce in the wild in the mountainous areas of Parnitha. In general in our country have left only two major populations of this species, one in the Rodopi and the largest is in Parnitha, where there are an estimated over 500 people (Papika, 2007). In order to protect the farm was established in Ouranoupoli position, area 300 acres, but was destroyed in Great Fire.

The name is due to red-brown color of red hair and has been given in this deer, to be distinguished from other species of deer of Greece, platoni (Cervus dama or Dama dama). The red deer exist throughout the Forest. In winter descends in areas with lower altitude search for food. In autumn, the spawning period, the adult male voices calling females, heard all over the mountain, the male deer trying to attract as many females can and to form the "harem" (the deer is a polygamous species).

The female deer has no horns and courageous in the spring usually a minor. The young deer has white House, which lost both grow. The only males have horns, which are when leaving a velvet casing, which is trying to expel Pat the velvet on trees. When the horns develop completely, leaving new and fall every year.

The deer are herbivores and animal feeds mainly on poes, young branches from shrubs and trees, fruits, nuts and mushrooms. Remains close to sources and streams and much like the sludge, which rolled to eliminate parasites.

The recent fire found 18 charred deer, a relatively small number compared to the total population. The greatest damage was done because of fire in connection with the wildlife is the major habitat destruction mainly of large mammals (deer, deer, goats, etc.), resulting in the forced movement of populations in areas less favorable for finding food , Shelters and natural serenity and security. Attempts to ban hunting in those areas.

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