Cruce de Caminos
In 1971 it was decided to introduce a new species of animal in the Teide National Park: the mouflon. Coming from Asia and already introduced in some regions in Europe, including Corsica, Sardinia and Cyprus, this small-sized wild sheep of the Ovis genus was brought to Tenerife to serve the hunting interests of certain sectors of the island’s society.
So, a love of hunting was responsible for incorporating into the local context a species that would soon became a real problem for the island’s endemic and threatened flora. One of the members of this species, a small mouflon, tries to escape one of the many drives organised to put an end to the existence of this invasive species.
Omar Al Abdul Razzak, Shira Ukrainitz
The Biological Invasions. The Case of Ovis Orientalis Musimon on the Island of Tenerife: “The Last Mouflon”