The Atlantic is a vast open ocean full of life and there are only a few places where it's creatures can come to breed, give birth and rest. The Canary Islands, rising out of the deep ocean, are one of them.
Gran Canaria, already battling an invasion of (non-poisonous) snakes, now faces escaped squirrels as well.
You see and hear Canarian ravens all over the Gran Canaria highlands, but the population has crashed and the species is in serious danger of disappearing completely.
You know spring has arrived in Gran Canaria when the pretty but misnamed Mayflower blooms all over the north of the island.
Gran Canaria's biggest butterfly, the Monarch, is from the USA but colonised the Canary Islands by flying across the Atlantic Ocean and is now a resident.
The beautiful Canarian bellflower survives in Gran Canaria despite the disappearance of it's original laurel forest habitat.
The nastiest thing on Gran Canaria isn't the introduced snakes, or the giant centipede, but an attractive grass from Ethiopia that is taking over.
With Gran Canaria car rental you get what you pay for and if you pay the absolute minimum, what you get is a headache and a ruined holiday.
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