Jablanica-Shebenik Mountains

From Balkan Lynx to Common Spadefoot Toad

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With the Brown Bear, Balkan Chamois, Common Spadefoot Toad, Blue-throated keeled Lizard and the Albanian Lily the Jablanica-Shebenik Mountains on the Balkan Green Belt in the borderlands between Albania and Macedonia are home to a striking diversity of species. The mountain region shelters one of the last remaining continuous beechwood areas in Albania and, alongside wolves and bears, the Balkan Lynx also lives here. It is thought to be a subspecies of the Eurasian Lynx.

Since the population of the Balkan Lynx now probably comprises fewer than 50 animals it represents the most endangered original lynx population. This alone is reason enough to form a trans-boundary nature reserve to cover and give long-term protection to the Jablanica mountain region between Albania and Macedonia and with it the Shebenik range running parallel on the Albanian side. At the same time the reserve will promote ecologically grounded regional development. EuroNatur is campaigning with its partners for exactly this.

Read more about this EuroNatur project for the protection of species diversity in the Jablanica-Shebenik Mountains, also for the specific protection of the Balkan Lynx and about important nature conservation successes

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