Milos island - Monk seal
The Mediterranean monk seal -monachus monachus-, one of the most endangered species in Europe, lives on the costs of Milos and on the nearby island of Kimolos. Going around these islands you may be lucky to see one of the few hundreds animals still surviving. The Monk Seal is about 2.5 m. long and weights around 300 kilos. Its skin is covered by short shiny hair in striking black or brown hues on its back, with lighter colors on its underside. Reproduction takes 10 months, and the animal feeds on a variety of fish, octopus and squids. For this reason the seal has been and still is in competition with fisherman, who often cause its death. An organization, MOM, (see: http://mofi.mom.gr ) has an efficient team to prevent extinction, and surely needs help. See also the EU Natura 2000 project. The seal is also in the island of Kimolos.
Milos Friends of the Animals
Milos Friends of the Animals was started in l987. The main aim of our group is to help stray animals in Milos who still suffer. We also try to help and advise owners of domestic animals if asked. Whilst much press is given to the more exotic animals that inhabit this area such as dolphins, monk seals, wild goats and sea turtles, these more everyday animals are not given much recognition.
We are a non-profit organization that relies solely on donations and volunteer work. Stray dogs and cats are given free therapy whilst a small charge is made when domestic animals are treated. We also operate a winter feeding program in some areas where colonies of cats remain after visitors have gone home.
By the end of 2O11 we had neutered nearly 950 cats and dogs and cared for many more, some of whom have been adopted and given good homes in Greece and abroad.
We are a non profit charity in association with G.A.W.F. ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΤΑΜΕΙΟ ΜΕΡΙΜΝΑΣ ΖΩΩΝ a registered charity in Greece number 881216.
For information and donation: http://www.milos-friendsoftheanimals.com/