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December 16, 2016

Wild Animals in Bohinj

The variety of animal life in Bohinj is due to favourable circumstances (basin geography, large differences in altitude, influences of the Mediterranean sea and geological characteristics). Here, almost all species which are characteristic for mountain habitats can be found. From the imposing Alpine ibex and all the way to the microscopic world, one can discover many, even endangered, rare, and indigenous species.

Most Interesting Mammals

  • The most characteristic is the chamois
  • The ibex has been resettled (it was extinct from the region more than 300 years ago)
  • At the same time as the ibex, the Alpine marmot has also been resettled
  • Very rare are the lynx, wild cat, and the brown bear, which is not permanently settled here
  • Common are deer, squirrels, weasels, dormice, beech martens, badgers, foxes, and mountain hares
  • The rarest and most endangered is the otter

84 Bird Species Nest in Bohinj

  • Capercaillie counts among the most endangered birds
  • One of the better-known ones is the black grouse
  • There are fewer and fewer golden eagles

Diverse World of Insects, Fish and Reptiles

  • Many insect species are also protected (e.g. apollo, rosalia longicorn)
  • Horned viper and the common viper are the best known venomous snakes
  • Indigenous fish in Lake Bohinj are the brown trout, grayling, and burbot
  • The only indigenous vertebrate species is the Alpine newt
  • The caves surrounding Mt. Triglav are the habitat of the indigenous genus Anophtalmus

HOW TO SAFELY OBSERVE ANIMALS?

  • with an experienced hunter or a park guide
  • guided ornithological trips
  • we do not disturb animals or force ourselves on them
  • we take care of our own safety
  • contacts: [email protected] and [email protected]

Disturbing endangered species is illegal

When observing animals, we can unintentionally cause serious damage, especially if we choose the wrong time and place for it.

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