Recorded Presence of Alpine Newt at Vrelo Bosne

by Mustafa Zvizdić

Last year, the Institution successfully implemented test water bodies within the Nature Monument “Vrelo Bosne”, in the locality of Stojčevac, in order to try to attract and protect the endangered amphibians of this area. Already this year, an exceptional success and progress has been achieved, as the presence of the alpine newt (Ichthyosaura alpestris), which is among the most endangered species of amphibians in this area, and which faces the threat of extinction due to the loss of aquatic habitats caused by climate change. Other species of amphibians were additionally recorded on these water bodies, including the agile frog (Rana dalmatina), the marsh frog (Pelophylax ridibundus) and the smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris).

In accordance with the recommendations of the expert, herpetologist Adnan Zimić from the National Museum in Sarajevo, the Institution decided to form several ponds in natural conditions with a clear goal – to preserve this valuable species in the area of ​​the “Vrelo Bosne” Nature Monument. This step represents a significant move towards the protection and preservation of biological diversity, which is of vital importance for the ecosystem of this protected area.

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