In a small village Kuterevo (map) is a sanctuary for young bears. Baby bears, who due to accident or poaching, have been separated from their mothers and are too young to live independently found home in Kuterevo, on the slopes of Velebit in Lika. Such bears, nurtured by people, never manage to acquire skills necessary for an independent life and they spend their life in the sanctuary Kuterevo, a unique project in the world.
Croatia is rich with bears, according to the scientists approximately 800 to 1000 bears live in Croatia. You can visit Kuterevo through the whole year, but since the bears are hibernating from November to February it is better to save the trip for a spring, summer or early autumn.
Interesting fact: bear’s newborns have 350 g and are smallest among mammals