We have teamed up with the NGO ‘Bioterra’ based in Zagreb, Croatia to monitor and research Croatian wildlife. Bioterra is run by researchers, and seeks to monitor, record and protect the fantastic wildlife that can be found in Croatia. A major part of their work is using camera traps in remote wilderness to monitor animals such as wolves, lynx and bears.
Working with Bioterra and in association with Northern Velebit National Park and Nature Park Biokovo we’re using camera traps to study the large mammals that call these habitats home with wolves and lynx the primary focus of the research.
As just 40-60 individual lynx and less than 200 wolves in approximately 50 packs remain in all of Croatia, understanding more of their population, distribution and habitat trends is of vital importance.
Despite being a protected keystone species, wolves here are persecuted by hunters and local landowners and the lynx are facing decline.
The cameras are monitoring two key areas in Croatia; Northern Velebit National Park and Nature Park Biokovo.
Help ID wildlife being captured in Croatia
This project is also part of ZSL Instant Wild which means you can participate in conservation work around the world from the comfort of your own computer. Some of our camera traps in Croatia are sending images through in real-time, so you can get to see what’s being captured on the cameras live and first hand. With the vast amounts of data that is generated we also really need your help in identifying the animals that are being caught. By identifying these images you can help researchers at Bioterra get down to the business of science.
Using these cameras, Bioterra and the Northern Velebit National Park have been able to determine that they have at least 2 distinct packs using the park – something that was almost impossible to find out before.
To get involved and start tagging, head to ZSL’s Instant Wild website or download the app on iOS and Android.