NP Risnjak

NP Risnjak

Risnjak Park is a national park in Croatia. It is located in Gorski kotar, the most mountainous and heavily forested region of the country, about 15 km inland from the Adriatic sea. The park covers an area of 63.5 square kilometers including the central part of Risnjak and Snježnik massif and the source area of the river Kupa. The administration and and visitor centre of the park are located in Crni Lug, a town on the eastern edge of the park. Like most of the Dinaric Alps, the park is dominated by limestone and dolomite rocks and shows major karst features: ponikve, karren on bare rocks, rock falls, swallow holes, caves... Because the limestone is very porous there are few surface flows of water. Although the park occupies only a relatively small area, very diverse types of flora can be found. It marks the point where the coastal and continental vegetation zones meet, as well as combining the Dinaric and Alpine zones. This produces great floral variety across the multiple ecotones found in the park. The fauna is just as diverse as the flora. The park is home to mammals such as the brown bear,red deer,chamois,wild boarwolf,,badger,weaseland dormhouse. The most important animal used to be the lynx(Ris) after which Risnjak got its name. The most interesting places you have to visit there are Veliki Risnjak,Snježniik,Guslica, Leska and Source of Kupa river.