President of Association dr.sc.don Ivica Križ even from his childhood was a great birds admirer. He had a turkish chickens that he prepared for various exhibitions. In early 2011, he noticed at the front page of the Hunting News an image of capercaillie, which was the initial spark for the foundation of Association for protection of animals "Capercaillie" January 19th, 2012. Great support to that large enthusiastic venture have given dr.sc Josip Malnar, vicepresident of Croatian Hunting Association and President of the Hunting Association of PGZ and Mr. Antun Arh, president of the Hunting Society "Capercaillie" Čabar, as well as long standing hunter Mr Ante Džahija.
Already in 2013, the Association "Capercaillie" formed the main flock of two males and three females, that purchased from the Environmental Institute in the Czech Republic, while in 2014 the Breeding Center "Capercaillie" Gorski Kotar in Prezid was established and officially opened by Primorsko Goranska County. A big problem was to buy animals. In Europe you can rarely buy a capercaillie, which is genetically compatible with our mountain capercaillie. In the world dominate the Scandinavian and Russian Capercaillie which are numerous, but are not genetically compatible. Therefore, it should be pointed Mr Anto Dzaja who mediated in finding a competent retailer, through lvca from Serbia Mr Ljubisa Marinovic, and it was prof. Frantisek Havranek from Environmental Institute in the Czech Republic. Read more here ...
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