The Fuerteventura Ground Squirrels
The Ground Squirrels of Fuerteventura are found pretty much all over the island. Their correct name is the Barbary Ground Squirrel which is endemic to Western Sahara, Algeria and Morocco and was introduced into Fuerteventura in 1965. Many people refer to them as chipmunks or Fuerteventura chipmunks.
Next to goats they are probably the most common animals of Fuerteventura, perhaps even more common. They live in colonies and family groups in burrows. I don’t know how they survive in the summer to be honest, when there is no water and little vegetation.
They are extremely friendly and very cute. They take food out of your hand and I have never known one to bite. I think they are definitely my favourite wildlife of Fuerteventura.
I filmed this at the top of a volcano near Lajares in the north of Fuerteventura. The walk up there was also filmed, to show how to get to the viewing platform, but unfortunately the camera didn’t record it. So I guess I will make a follow up video showing how to get there. Still the exercise will do me good. It takes about 45-50 minutes to walk from the road. I guess I will have to take some more food and water for the cute chipmunks of Fuerteventura.