Risnjak National Park is home to as many as three large beasts that visitors will rarely see. Lynx, bear and wolf live here, and each shot is rare and precious. A new post posted today on the national camp’s social media shows a pack of wolves being tracked by park staff with photo traps. They state that they rarely see them, but are aware of their presence by traces and finds of prey.
- Night patrol - a powerful patrol. The wolf (Canis lupus) is one of the three large carnivores that continuously inhabit the area of the Risnjak National Park (and beyond, of course). We have been following this pack for years with the help of photo traps, traces in the snow, finds of prey, etc. We see them extremely rarely, such is their nature. But we know that there are gray shadows in the deep forest, stands in the announcement on the official Facebook profile Risnjak National Park with video material of a pack of wolves.
Well-preserved climazonal plant communities, especially forest ones, with an authentic component of plant species give the National Park special value. Here is also the most beautifully expressed the phenomenon of sinkhole vegetation, and the area of Risnjak is the natural habitat of all three large European beasts bear, wolf and lynx after which the Risnjak massif got its name. Other animal species such as birds, reptiles and insects are also numerous and diverse. Butterflies occupy a very important place in the valley of the river Kupa, so the whole valley was named "Butterfly Valley".
In terms of height, the National Park extends from 290 m above sea level near the village of Hrvatsko in the valley of the river Kupa, to 1528 m what is the height of the highest peak in the Risnjak massif - Veliki Risnjak and together with the Snježnik massif it represents a climatic and vegetation barrier between the coastal and mainland parts of Croatia.
Risnjak National Park is located in Gorski kotar, the most forested area of western Croatia, with an area of 63,5 km². It is interesting that the air distance from the top of Veliki Risnjak to the sea is 15 kilometers, and from the source of the Kupa 8 kilometers, and at only 23 kilometers of air distance there are significant climatic differences. This is what makes Risnjak stand out, a mountain that towers over all areas between land and sea that belonged to the National Park.
The natural connection between the Alps and the Balkan mountains
The area of the Risnjak National Park belongs to the Dinaric system that stretches from the Eastern Alps to the Šarsko-pindski mountains, it is part of the area that connects Alps and Dinarides. Large migrations of alpine, arctic and boreal species in the southeast direction passed through the massifs of Risnjak and Snježnik, but significantly different vegetation from the surrounding area was preserved in these mountains.
Cover photo: Screenshot Facebook video Risnjak National Park