Portrait – He ate the animals of Switzerland

Director Marcel Barelli recently published his first book in which he drew, often with humor, the 413 Swiss vertebrates. Meeting with a great defender of the environment.

Animated film director Marcel Barelli published in October the “Helvetic Bestiary”, a book which retraces in often humorous drawings the 413 vertebrate animals of Switzerland.


Contrast. Born into a family of hunters, Marcel Barelli wouldn’t hurt a fly. “And I’m vegan,” he laughs. But he too is, in his own way, an animal madman. So much so that he recently signed a big book full of his drawings. In his “Helvetic Bestiary”, this Ticinese who came to settle in Geneva about fifteen years ago took a bite of all the vertebrates in Switzerland. That is to say the 413 wild species listed by the Federal Office for the Environment. “There isn’t one missing! I wanted to draw up an exhaustive inventory. There are even fifteen animals that have now disappeared from our country. ”

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