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Croatia’s alpine region, which covers over 35% of the country, is largely untouched retaining a rich wildness abundant with bears, lynx, and wolves. The coastal regions, comprised of more than 1,000 islands are less wild, but ongoing conservation efforts to protect bottle-nosed dolphins and the snake-eyed skink promise to help keep Croatia’s coast wild.

Plitvice Lake National Park, Croatia. Photo by Shawn Appel.

Croatia's Ecology

Croatia’s biodiversity is legendary in Europe. Stretching from the Pannonian plain in the East, through rolling forested hills, all the way to a coastal archipelago, it comes as no surprise that the number of known species in Croatia is around 38,000. This is a great responsibility for such a small country. The citizens of Croatia take pride in their diverse natural heritage, and are actively adopting measures to provide the highest level of protection for the threatened and endangered species within their territory.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. Photo by Val Vesa.
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Wolves, owls, bears, and bats share the lands within Croatia’s oldest national park. World-famous for its cascading lakes, Plitvice is a microcosm of Croatia’s beauty and biodiversity.

Croatian coastline. Photo by Max de Rohan Willner.
Kornati National Park

Monk seal and rare fish, including the richest sponge colonies in the Adriatic, are sheltered within the boundaries of this rich, protected archipelago.

Croatia Paklenica National Park
Paklenica National Park

Goat-antelopes and endangered vipers leap and glide across the vertical redoubts of these coastal mountains, which have been inhabited by humans since prehistoric times.  

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