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Croatia wildlife centre gets by on love and a pittance

General May 4, 2012

ZAGREB (Reuters) – From afar, the rare visitor can see only the big cages covered with green nets that blend in with the lush local vegetation of hilly northwest Croatia. It is only when you come closer that you hear the flapping of wings, the screams of hawks and buzzards and the yelping and growling of 11 dogs that watch over the Centre for Protection of Wild Animals. The centre, one of only two in Croatia that cater for both birds and mammals, is run by a single man on meager government funding — a feat that regularly impresses his wealthier colleagues from the European Union. …

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