Lynx, bear and wolf in the Balkan Green Belt

The wilds of Europe

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© Wolf Steiger

At present the last known, intact habitats for the Balkan Lynx can be found in the species-rich forests of Macedonia but conceivably not only there. Presumably such habitats follow the course of the Balkan Green Belt between Albania and Macedonia, and also between Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo. EuroNatur is campaigning to preserve these habitats.

Protective measures for the Lynx are also of benefit for the other large animals at the apex of the ecosystem. Wolves and bears and the entire ecosystem stand to gain from them. But it is not enough simply to designate isolated reserves: to enable lynxes and other large predators to spread unhindered EuroNatur is fighting to preserve existing ecological corridors and create new ones along the Balkan Green Belt. By setting up ecological regional development projects for the benefit of the local population we are involving local people in our protective measures and gaining their support and backing.

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