Since 2019 the wider area of Grabovača is permanently protected in a category of PROTECTED LANDSCAPE (IUCN)!
Protected landscape RISOVAC-GRABOVAČA is a large (5620,72ha) wilderness and recreation area of Dinaric karst, with a great diversity (biological, geological, geomorphological) that made the Lika region unique in every sense.
Special place is reserved for speleology - scientist have been researching this area for over 180 years, with more than 40 caves discovered (so far). Unique geological feature is a rock composed of broken fragments of minerals or rock cemented together by a fine-grained matrix - Velebit breccia rock.
River Lika (78km) is flowing on the western border of the park. Lika is the second longest subterranean river in Europe! It springs under the Velebit mountain, flows through the valley and then sinks underground through the sinkhole under the mountain.
Nine habitat types are on the list of rare and endangered habibtats on national and European level. Mesophile beech forests cover around 64% of the area, while 17% of the area is cultivated (agriculture)
Newest data brings us to total of 118 species of plants! 16 species are strictly protected and 6 are endemic to Croatia.
Scientists found 19 species of troglofauna (cave fauna). Cave Samograd is a type locality of Typhlotrechus bilimekii kiesenwetteri, a beetle which is endemic for this region.
Grabovača is home to more than 20 species of mammals, plus 10 species of bats - all of them strictly protected
15 species of butterflies were found so far - 8 of them are strictly protected species
The variety of bird species is simply amazing: 81 species -
24 strictly protected and 1 criticaly endangered - GOLDEN EAGLE, Aquila chrysaetos