WINTER WOLF TRACKING
Small groups, Families, Couples
November - March
The possibility of meeting
Wolf, Lynx, Forest Birds, Owls, Deer
The programme is intended for all enthusiastic observers of wildlife and is very suitable for photographers. The two days full of adventures are suitable for those who want to discover the magic of unspoiled nature, enjoy the magnificence and appeal of the Kočevje forests, and meet their inhabitants in the winter.
Since Kočevsko lies just behind the Dinaric barrier, which acts as a natural obstacle to moist air masses, the snow here is more frequent and abundant than elsewhere. The unspoilt wild landscape through which the group will snowshoe while looking for traces of wolves and other wildlife represents an ideal environment for active winter holidays.
More than half of Slovenia is covered in forests that provide a living environment to many animal species. In Kočevje, the forest coverage is even greater as more than 80% of the territory is covered in forest, and one can find many remains of old-growth, primaeval forests, where nothing but nature has ruled for millennia without any human intervention. Kočevsko actively preserves this valuable heritage, especially by establishing forest reserves, which permanently protect the old-growth forest remains, i.e. the examples of rare tree-related structures and habitats found in deep karst hollows, sinkholes and caves, and along walls or karst streams. The reserves serve as a type of ecological cells for animal species that need old-growth forests for their existence.
Responsible and sustainable forest management became a tradition in the area, since as early as 1892, the then owners began to exclude the Rajhenavski Rog forest from any kind of economic use. Therefore, it is no coincidence that Kočevsko is also the cradle of responsible coexistence of humans and wild animals, in particular beasts, and that this area is one of the few in Europe, where the following three large beasts can still be found in the natural environment: the brown bear, the grey wolf and lynx. A sustainable approach, even in tourism development, has minimal impact on the environment, especially on the wilderness. Too much human contact with wild animals can cause many adverse consequences for wildlife, which is why it is even more important to provide controlled and properly guided watching of these animals. The afore mentioned Kočevsko tradition serves as the baseline of programmes for the observation of wild beasts and other animals. The programmes have been upgraded with educational content which allows the visitor to acquire the basic knowledge for understanding the vital needs and habits of wild animals. With the help of experienced guides, animal observation is friendly to nature and its inhabitants.
Wolf photo credit: Marjan Artnak