In this land where the temperatures in summer often surpass 30º Celsius, life during the hottest months of the year gets particularly complicated. In some areas that receive barely 500 millimeters of rain per year, freshwater is frequently hard to find. Most of the trees that populate the area have thick, resistant leaves, designed to preserve water during the hot summer weather. Many animal species have been forced to adapt to this semi-arid Mediterranean climate by reducing their size and altering their shape. But quite to the contrary of what you might expect, this is a biodiversity hot spot. We’re in the Sierra Morena.