May 18, 2023
#131 | Eurasian Lynx: Restoring the Shadows of Europe’s Forests with Vedran Slijepčević, DVM
Today we are sitting down with Vedran Slijepčević, DVM, wildlife veterinarian, and a founder of the LIFE Lynx project. Vedran and I discuss his life’s journey and how he became a veterinarian, large carnivore researcher, senior lecturer, and seasoned hunter. We then chat about wildlife management and how Croatia manages its large carnivores. Following, we explore all aspects of the lynx’s life; their natural history, why they became almost extinct in the Dinaric Mountains, issues the population is currently facing, and how Vedran’s project, LIFE Lynx, is bringing them back. And of course, sprinkled throughout the conversation is the human dimension of coexisting with lynx, because, as we’ve learned, engaging local communities is crucial to conserving wildlife.
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