Ecology and Nature in Croatia

Here are details of groups, associations and areas of the country – including national and nature parks – for those interested in ecology and nature in Croatia.

The Dolphin Dream Society

The Dolphin Dream Society is a non-profit NGO that promotes ecological awareness, environmental protection and sustainable development of the Adriatic Sea, coast and islands. It publicises and creates modules, programmes and campaigns to this effect. Both Croats and international citizens can become members of the society.

Ecology and Nature in Croatia

National Parks in Croatia

Much of Croatia’s nature and wildlife can be observed in one of the country’s eight national parks, including the Brijuni Islands, the Kornati Islands, Krka, the island of Mljet and, of course, Plitvice Lakes. The parks contain an outstanding variety of geological and natural phenomena, as well as being home to various animal populations.

You can organise your own trips to these National Parks, or join an excursion; whilst in them, there are also numerous activities to undertake, which is especially true for some of the island Parks whether it’s swimming, diving, hiking or cycling. In most cases, it is also possible to stay within (or at least very near to) these parks – please see the above websites for accommodation possibilities.

Gorski Kotar

Gorski Kotar is a nature reserve near Rijeka, covering an area of about 2,000 sq. km in which wolves, lynx, boars and brown bears live in its forests. The region is also home to several towns and villages which are well worth visiting, including Delnice and Ravna Gora.

Griffon Vultures on Cres

There are colonies of the Eurasian Griffon vulture near Beli on the north of the island of Cres. Beli Rescue Centre for Griffon Vultures aims to protect these wonderful birds, as well as the natural heritage of the island; you can visit the centre year-round to find out more about the birds.

Read more about the rescue, care and release of Griffon vultures on the island in this article: A new life for Croatia’s griffon vultures (The Daily Telegraph, 11th November 2009)

Secrets of the island of Cres

Experience the beauty and heritage of the islands of Cres and Losinj. Recover from the stress of modern life. Walking, cycling, climbing and more. They offer expert guiding and an active holiday of a different kind along with modern apartment accommodation.


Volunteer at a National or Nature Park in Croatia

There are a number of volunteer positions available at Croatia’s stunning national and nature parks – involving restoration, preservation and monitoring of the parks, or visitor-facing roles. Find out more on the Volunteer in Parks of Croatia page.