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Velebit is one of the most important natural areas in the Balkans and situated on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. It became active as a rewilding area in late 2012. It hosts two national parks, a biosphere reserve and several wonderful hiking trails, old-growth forests, deep canyons, ancient open lands and exciting wildlife like Balkan chamois, red deer, brown bear, wolf and lynx. Wild horses are already in place, and soon possibly again also ibex. The unbroken ecological integrity of the Velebit ecosystems has been preserved, and at the same time large areas of it have become much wilder, with a number of core rewilding areas that have no-take regimes, especially along the main ridge of the mountain chain.
In the core rewilding areas, natural ecological processes to a great extent, regulate nature, with wildlife in fully natural densities and with all the original native species present. Here, people have taken a clear step back, not actively managing the landscape nor its wildlife any more. The core zones are connected through wildlife and wilderness corridors and surrounded by zones for different kinds and levels of sustainable use.
Dawn in North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Dawn in North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012
Balkan Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balkanica) Gems, Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Balkan Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balkanica) Gems, Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Fir (Abies sp), Beech (Fagus silvatica) and Spruce (Picea abies) old-growth virgin forest in Special Forest Reserve, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia, June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Fir (Abies sp), Beech (Fagus silvatica) and Spruce (Picea abies) old-growth virgin forest in Special Forest Reserve, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia, June 2012
Fir (Abies sp), Beech (Fagus silvatica) and Spruce (Picea abies)  old-growth virgin forest in Special Forest Reserve with bracket fungi growing on bark, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Vel... - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Fir (Abies sp), Beech (Fagus silvatica) and Spruce (Picea abies) old-growth virgin forest in Special Forest Reserve with bracket fungi growing on bark, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Vel...
Orange fire lily (Lilium bulbiferum) North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Orange fire lily (Lilium bulbiferum) North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Tuberous thistle (Cirsium tuberosum) North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Tuberous thistle (Cirsium tuberosum) North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Narrow-leaved crimson clover (Trifolium angustifolium) Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Narrow-leaved crimson clover (Trifolium angustifolium) Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Land mine warnings, as result of Bosnian war, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Land mine warnings, as result of Bosnian war, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012
Brown bear (Ursus arctos) standing up on hind legs at wildlife watching place, North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Brown bear (Ursus arctos) standing up on hind legs at wildlife watching place, North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Sunrise over North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Sunrise over North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Wild Bosnian mountain horses (Equus caballus)  Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Wild Bosnian mountain horses (Equus caballus) Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Wild Bosnian mountain horses (Equus caballus), Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Wild Bosnian mountain horses (Equus caballus), Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
House ruins, abandoned since the Balkan war 1991-1995, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / House ruins, abandoned since the Balkan war 1991-1995, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012
Bicyclists / mountain bikers in a long distance race with goal being Velebit, North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Bicyclists / mountain bikers in a long distance race with goal being Velebit, North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Fir (Abies sp), Beech (Fagus silvatica) and Spruce (Picea abies) old-growth virgin forest in Special Forest Reserve, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia, June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Fir (Abies sp), Beech (Fagus silvatica) and Spruce (Picea abies) old-growth virgin forest in Special Forest Reserve, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia, June 2012
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) at prize winning bee keeper Sanjin Zarkovic's farm in Melnice, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Honey bees (Apis mellifera) at prize winning bee keeper Sanjin Zarkovic's farm in Melnice, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Prize winning bee keeper Sanjin Zarkovic at his Honey bee (Apis mellifera) farm in Melnice, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Prize winning bee keeper Sanjin Zarkovic at his Honey bee (Apis mellifera) farm in Melnice, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Orange fire lily (Lilium bulbiferum) close up of flower stigma  and stamens, North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Orange fire lily (Lilium bulbiferum) close up of flower stigma and stamens, North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Rab town, Rab island, Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, April 2014. - Wild  Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Rab town, Rab island, Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, April 2014.
Melnice and Guslice honey farm, with the electric fence to deter bears. Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, April 2014. - Wild  Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Melnice and Guslice honey farm, with the electric fence to deter bears. Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, April 2014.
Wild Bosnian mountain horses (Equus caballus), Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Wild Bosnian mountain horses (Equus caballus), Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Boskarin cattle, part of the Turos program to breed back the extinct Auroch cattle. Mala Libinje, Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, April 2014. - Wild  Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Boskarin cattle, part of the Turos program to breed back the extinct Auroch cattle. Mala Libinje, Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, April 2014.
Boskarin cattle, part of the Turos program to breed back the extinct Auroch cattle. Mala Libinje, Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, April 2014. - Wild  Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Boskarin cattle, part of the Turos program to breed back the extinct Auroch cattle. Mala Libinje, Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, April 2014.
Enclosure walls of abandoned grazing land, Alan, North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Enclosure walls of abandoned grazing land, Alan, North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012
Fir (Abies sp), Beech (Fagus silvatica) and Spruce (Picea abies) old-growth virgin forest in Special Forest Reserve, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia, June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Fir (Abies sp), Beech (Fagus silvatica) and Spruce (Picea abies) old-growth virgin forest in Special Forest Reserve, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia, June 2012
Boskarin calf suckling, part of the Turos program to breed back the extinct Auroch cattle. Mala Libinje, Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, April 2014. - Wild  Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Boskarin calf suckling, part of the Turos program to breed back the extinct Auroch cattle. Mala Libinje, Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, April 2014.
Stuffed Wild cat (Felis silvestris) Lagosta hunting concession, Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, April 2014. - Wild  Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Stuffed Wild cat (Felis silvestris) Lagosta hunting concession, Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, April 2014.
Man rock climbing in Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Man rock climbing in Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Man rock climbing in Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Man rock climbing in Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012
Woman rock climbing in Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Woman rock climbing in Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012
Woman rock climbing in Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Woman rock climbing in Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012
Balkan Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balkanica) Gems, Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Balkan Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balkanica) Gems, Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Balkan Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balkanica) Gems, Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Balkan Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balkanica) Gems, Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Balkan Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balkanica) Gems, Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Balkan Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balkanica) Gems, Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Silhouetted people watching wildlife  at dusk from roof of vehicle of Safari tour operator Rudi Katic at Velebit Photo Safaris. Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Vel... - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Silhouetted people watching wildlife at dusk from roof of vehicle of Safari tour operator Rudi Katic at Velebit Photo Safaris. Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Vel...
Sunrise over North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Sunrise over North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012
Abandoned farm and grazing lands, now only used as summer cottage, Alan, North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Abandoned farm and grazing lands, now only used as summer cottage, Alan, North Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012
Abandoned upland grazing, Zlatni Rog / Puskar area, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Abandoned upland grazing, Zlatni Rog / Puskar area, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012
Abandoned grazing land, Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, June 2014. - Wild  Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Abandoned grazing land, Velebit Mountains Nature Park, Croatia, June 2014.
Staffan Widstrand, wildlife photographer, at the bee farm in Melnice, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Staffan Widstrand, wildlife photographer, at the bee farm in Melnice, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012
Prize winning bee keeper Sanjin Zarkovic at his Honey bee (Apis mellifera) farm in Melnice, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Prize winning bee keeper Sanjin Zarkovic at his Honey bee (Apis mellifera) farm in Melnice, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia
Shepherd tending his flock, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Shepherd tending his flock, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012
Park ranger with pack mules on the main trail, Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Park ranger with pack mules on the main trail, Paklenica National Park, Velebit Nature Park, Rewilding Europe area, Velebit mountains, Croatia June 2012