Zoological programme

Šumava NP is home to several major European large mammal species such as lynx, deer, elk and many endangered bird species (grouse, woodpecker, black stork and partridge).

Learning about their way of life is important for all of us.



Visitor Centres with animals from the original and earlier endangered species of Šumava have long been missing. The attractiveness of Šumava NP does not have the same character throughout the area and by suitably locating the visitor centres, concentrated visitor loads to some sites can be increased or dispersed accordingly.

Currently, the selection of localities that have already undergone the very wide selection process is underway, taking into account the significant number of essential aspects of land ownership (the existence of a energies, ample water resources, habitat suitability for individual animal species, terrain relief, links to local infrastructure including transport services, zoning etc.). This first stage will be followed with the placement of individual developments into the terrain with regard to its relief.

Another missing facility is a station for injured animals. Such facilities are missing throughout the Šumava territory; the only operational station is in Kašperské Hory which is funded by the NP Administration. This station is not included into the national network but is based predominantly on volunteer activity.

The third facility required is pozorovací místa ve volné přírodě /nature observation points. Animal observation requires facilities which would eliminate free entry into the resting sites although at the same time provide visitors with a greater certainty of encountering the animals.

Soví voliéry /Owlery- the zoological programme also includes the owlery. The building will be situated in the former quarry at Borová Lada. The location and its relief offer a suitable environment for the presentation of the local owl species and various song birds.

The purpose of the project is to develop new targets of interest for the public which would deal with the professional environmental education, focusing on wildlife, fish and their existence in the human influenced countryside. At the same time, this project will present the issue of potential energy savings and renewable resources associated with technical solutions and amenity buildings.

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