The beach of Aliki in Egio, despite being a formal beach, is also an important aquatic ecosystem and partly a lagoon, lying to the northeast of the beach. There are about 120 bird species that visit plus significant aquatic life. The rich flora of the area is also noteworthy
University Animal Shelter, Rio (Patras)
Belonging to the University of Patras, this shelter in the Patras suburb of Rio is 4,000 meters square with an olive grove and accommodation for animals. It houses many stray dogs, some of which are given up for adoption. The dogs are vaccinated and many are neutered. Much effort is placed on finding homes for pets.