54 photos of Croatia's fantastic flora and fauna

Discover the country's wild side

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© Piotr KrześlakThe white-tailed eagle is one of Croatia's biggest birds of prey
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© Julien DuvalBeds of ready-to-bloom lavender in Istria
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© Serena Repice LentiniOctopi are found throughout Croatia's Adriatic coastline
Lemon trees flourish in Croatia's southernmost regions
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© Dan GoldLemon trees flourish in Croatia's southernmost regions
The Slavonia region's famous boar
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© Zoran OrcikThe Slavonia region's famous boar
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© Medvednica Nature Park
The peregrine falcon in action
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© Harry CollinThe peregrine falcon in action
The water lilies and reeds of Kopački Rit in eastern Croatia
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© Goran ŠafarekThe water lilies and reeds of Kopački Rit in eastern Croatia
Two Dalmatian friends: a horse and donkey, historically used as pack animals in the region
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© Orebić Tourist boardTwo Dalmatian friends: a horse and donkey, historically used as pack animals in the region
A truffle hunt is underway!
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© Lag SrijedaA truffle hunt is underway!
White and black truffles are a delicacy
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© Olga KrigerWhite and black truffles are a delicacy
Continental Croatia's beautiful roe deer
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© urospotekoContinental Croatia's beautiful roe deer
The Dubrovnik-Neretva region's delicious mandarines
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© Croatian National Tourist BoardThe Dubrovnik-Neretva region's delicious mandarines
One of Croatia's only three venomous snakes: the horned viper
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© PogledOne of Croatia's only three venomous snakes: the horned viper
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© Grad Split
The endangered grey wolf, whose population is around 200 in Croatia
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© m-i-ghtThe endangered grey wolf, whose population is around 200 in Croatia
A soaring barn owl
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© Mathew SchwartzA soaring barn owl
Grapevines are strewn all across Croatia
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© Grad GrimaldaGrapevines are strewn all across Croatia
The short-tailed weasel (or 'kuna'), which, gave Croatian money its name
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© Zdenek MachacekThe short-tailed weasel (or 'kuna'), which, gave Croatian money its name
Almond trees, and their delicious fruit, are prevalent across Dalmatia
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© AgroportakAlmond trees, and their delicious fruit, are prevalent across Dalmatia
A swallow taking in the scenic view
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© Vincent Van ZalingeA swallow taking in the scenic view
Seahorses swim the Adriatic sea
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© Poreč Diving CenterSeahorses swim the Adriatic sea
A cub of the endangered Eurasian lynx
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© Frida BredesenA cub of the endangered Eurasian lynx
Papuk Nature Park's beech forest, one of many in Croatia
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© Croatia TourismPapuk Nature Park's beech forest, one of many in Croatia
Stag beetles, much less scary than they look
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© Croatia TourismStag beetles, much less scary than they look
Dolphins playing along the Dalmatian coast
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© Destination 15Dolphins playing along the Dalmatian coast
A just-ripened fig
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© Michal HlavacA just-ripened fig
Croatia's brown bear population numbers around 2000
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© Sergei UriadnikovCroatia's brown bear population numbers around 2000
A seagull perches on Opatija's Maiden with the Seagull statue
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© Andrej SafaricA seagull perches on Opatija's Maiden with the Seagull statue
Otters posing for their close-up
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© Wish MamaOtters posing for their close-up
Mussels above the sea
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© Mošćenička Draga Tourist BoardMussels above the sea
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© barendine
Pomegranate trees are characteristic to the Croatian coast
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© Lavi PerchikPomegranate trees are characteristic to the Croatian coast
Storks are one of the many migratory bird species that vacation in Croatia
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© Jeremy WermeilleStorks are one of the many migratory bird species that vacation in Croatia
Croatia's prized tuna fish
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© Kate BRCroatia's prized tuna fish
Deer making their way through Kopački Rit
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© Kopački Rit Nature ParkDeer making their way through Kopački Rit
A swallowtail butterfly
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© Krzysztof NiewolnyA swallowtail butterfly
Stone pines, so called for their ability to grow on rocky terrain - like Dalmatia's
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© AgroportalStone pines, so called for their ability to grow on rocky terrain - like Dalmatia's
A European hedgehog
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© Piotr LaskawskiA European hedgehog
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© Natura Jader
A willow tree dips into the Gacka river
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© MountMan PhotoA willow tree dips into the Gacka river
A green European grasshopper
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© MeshA green European grasshopper
Sea urchins, a sign of clean waters, dot the Croatian coast
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© MapioSea urchins, a sign of clean waters, dot the Croatian coast
A grand griffon vulture
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© BljesakA grand griffon vulture
Istrian ox, known as Boškarin
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© San RoccoIstrian ox, known as Boškarin
Adriatic red coral
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© UNESCO Geoprak VisAdriatic red coral
The Lipizzan horse, bred in the regions of Slavonia and Baranja for centuries
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© San RoccoThe Lipizzan horse, bred in the regions of Slavonia and Baranja for centuries
Mountain peonies, one of Croatia's many colourful flower types
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© Jaroslav PetrasovaMountain peonies, one of Croatia's many colourful flower types
Squid, which usually swim in the Adriatic 30-70 metres below water
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© ProfimediaSquid, which usually swim in the Adriatic 30-70 metres below water
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© Lonjsko Polje Nature Park
Croatia's ring-necked pheasant
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© LovacCroatia's ring-necked pheasant
Olive tree groves grace almost every corner of Dalmatia
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© Grad BrtoniglaOlive tree groves grace almost every corner of Dalmatia
The red fox, a solitary hunter found across Croatia
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© Lovci BalkanaThe red fox, a solitary hunter found across Croatia
A bed of lavender blooming by the sea
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© happywindowA bed of lavender blooming by the sea

Croatia is a blend of marvelous Mediterranean coast, forest-clothed mountain ranges and bountiful meadows. The country's environment is home to a variety of animals; those that swim, fly, crawl and dash. We're bringing you 54 photos of Croatia's fantastic flora and fauna.