The occasion, which was supported by the Rewilding Velebit crew, noticed lecturers and conservationists collect to debate this endangered chamois subspecies. The continued presence of this iconic species is important for sustaining biodiversity within the Velebit and wider space.
Initially of October a profitable workshop on the Balkan chamois was held within the Croatian village of Krasno, near the Velebit rewilding space. The goal of the workshop, which was organised by the School of Agriculture of the College of Zagreb – and held in cooperation with the Rewilding Velebit crew, Croatian Looking Affiliation of Ličko-Senjska County and Northen Velebit Nationwide Park (which hosted the occasion) – was to current latest scientific analysis carried out as a part of the BalkCham-DNA undertaking, increase consciousness of the standing of the Balkan chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balcanica), and discover new prospects associated to the animal’s conservation.
“The primary aim of this workshop was the presentation of latest scientific analysis carried out throughout the undertaking ‘BalkCham-DNA’ undertaking as proof of the distribution and vitality of endangered Balkan chamois,” says Professor Nikica Šprem of the College of Zagreb’s School of Agriculture, the keynote speaker on the occasion. “We additionally needed to boost consciousness of the standing of the Balkan chamois inhabitants and discover new prospects for conservation cooperation.”
The chamois is a particularly agile but timid goat-antelope with quick hooked horns, present in mountainous areas of Europe from Spain by to the Caucasus. Though the chamois is broadly generally known as a excessive altitude species, the Balkan chamois, which is bigger than the alpine subspecies, could be discovered from sea degree proper by to heights of 1200 metres.
Considered one of seven chamois subspecies, the Balkan chamois disappeared from the Velebit Mountains round 100 years in the past, primarily on account of looking, poaching and habitat loss. Whereas it was reintroduced round 30 years in the past and may now be seen within the excessive altitude areas of the area once more, the overall inhabitants – which is distributed throughout the mountain ranges of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Greece, Macedonia and Bulgaria – is now thought to quantity lower than 1000 animals.
The chamois primarily requires open rock habitats above the forest line. All through the Balkans populations are fragmented and the connections between them are usually not nicely understood. The small inhabitants dimension and the low genetic variability of the Balkan chamois makes it extremely susceptible. It’s clear from analysis that additional genetic evaluation is required to find out the very best plan of action for the animal’s future conservation and administration.
The BalkCham – DNA undertaking, overseen by the College of Zagreb’s School of Agriculture , has seen proof collected on the distribution and well being of the Balkan chamois in Croatia. The outcomes of the undertaking had been introduced to workshop individuals by undertaking chief Professor Nikica Šprem. In his lecture he additionally outlined chamois analysis and developments from a European perspective, and highlighted the necessity for motion plans and higher safety for the animal within the Velebit.
The workshop was nicely attended, with individuals together with representatives of the Northern Velebit, Risnjak and Paklenica Nationwide Parks, the Velebit and Biokovo Nature Parks, and the Croatian Looking Affiliation.
Davor Krmpotić, the Rewilding Velebit crew chief, pronounced the occasion a hit.
“The chamois, an iconic animal in Croatia, is important for the upkeep of subalpine pastures and as prey for big carnivores,” stated Krmpotić after the occasion. “Sadly in our areas it not recognised as essential and stays unprotected. The Rewilding Velebit crew could be very completely happy to assist such occasions and initiatives, particularly when the aim is to guard such an essential species.”