BEARS IN KUTEREVO
The Bear Refuge was founded in 2002. In this moment nive bears are hosted in the Refugium Ursorum Kuterevo. All of these bears lost their mothers during their first year of life and thus had no chance of survival in the wild.
Next to the volunteer station is the baby bear centre with one enclosure for one baby bear, Marko Kralj, born in 2012, and another for two young bears, Mlada Gora and Mladi Dol. Both of them are born in 2010, like all the bears during the winter dormancy in January or February. We have 6 older bears. Huu Bear and Vlad Mir, who are 5 years old, are sharing an enclosure. Two others, Blago Zoo and Bena Zir, are 6 years old and are from Zagreb Zoo. They are brother and sister and born in 2007. They share an enclosure with two big male bears that are 10 years old – Ljubo Lik and Zdravi Gor.
BEARS IN CROATIA
In Croatia live around 1000 bears in the wild. The bears living in Croatia are part from the Dinaric population, where live by guess 2800 bears. This is the second largest population in Central Europe.
The colour of the bear pelt can vary from light grey to black, even so the hair mostly has a black colour, and therefore the brown bear has his name, in Croatian «smeđi medvjed». The male bears, living in Croatia have a weight on the average from 150kg, the females 100kg.
The bear is biologically classified as a rare species. The limited size of the available habit and the large space the bears require, prevent any significant further growth of the bear population.
You can find more information in the Brown Bear Management Plan of The Republic of Croatia.