|ORIGINAL SCIENTIFIC PAPERS|
|Trinajstić, I., Z. Cerovečki||UDK 630* 188 (001)|
|Contribution to the Syntaxonomic Analysis of the Ass. Erico-Fagetum (Ht. 1962) Trinajstić 1972 pdf HR EN||135|
|Vrbek, B.||UDK 630* 114.2 + 425|
|Salinisation Influence on Vegetation and Forest Soils of Island Korčula pdf HR EN||143|
|Štilinović, L.||UDK 630* 628.19 + 614.7|
|Contamination of the Sava and Drava Rivers – Causes and Health Consequences pdf HR EN||151|
|Zelić, J., M. Stojić|
|The Depedence of Stockwood Density an Natural Drying Period for European Ash and Common Oak pdf HR EN||157|
|Puljak, S.||UDK 630* 831|
|Investigating the Combustible Propety of Noncommercial Tree Species for Generating Heat and Electrical Energy pdf HR EN||169|
|Tolić, I.||UDK 630* 156|
|Barbary Sheep (Ammotragus lervia) Morphological, Biological and Ecological Properties pdf HR EN||177|
|Summary: The goal of this article is to present Barbary sheep and propose this animal species for introduction into the wild habitats of the Republic of Croatia. The reasons for this lie in the morphological, biological and ecological properties of this animal. The zoogeographic map of Croatia and the world shows the widespread distribution of this game species across different latitudes, in different climatic conditions and soil types and a variety of vegetation forms. This animal provides both commercial and aesthetic benefits for the wildlife. The physical appearance of Barbary sheep is particularly striking: it is no wonder, therefore, that the numerous attractive hunting grounds in Croatia have become or are fast becoming a tourist Mecca for nature lovers and hunters alike. The area of Croatia ranks among the most important in Europe in terms of fauna; however, from the aspect of game management, there is a growing need to preserve autochthonous species and increase their populations.|
At a certain risk, some experts advocate the introduction of foreign species in the Republic of Croatia with the purpose of improving the hunting offer and increasing the attraction and value of some hunting grounds. It has been a plan for some time now to introduce Barbary sheep into the hunting grounds on the coast and the islands of the Croatian Adriatic.
Barbary sheep originated in the Atlas Mountains and in the countries of North Africa surrounded by these mountains. Excessive hunting has caused its disappearance from many regions of its original habitat. However, it has become established in some localities in the USA, South Africa and Spain, while in Croatia a small population is being raised in a fenced area on the island of Hvar (Jelsa), on Mosor (the hamlet of Gornji Dolac), Bisak and on the islet Tijat near Šibenik.
In a fenced area these sheep have displayed high vitality and reproductive possibilities, modesty in food and water requirements, and resistance to diseases and parasites. They thrive in rocky terrain and are very skilful in mastering cliffs and wasteland.
Key words: artiodactyl; Barbary ewe; Barbary sheep; Croatia; hollow-horned animal; Hvar; introduction; Mosor; proliferation; ruminant; South Africa; Spain; the Atlas Mountains; the USA; threatens; Tijat