Dolphin Research, Education & Conservation in Croatia

Dolphin Research, Education & Conservation in Croatia

Dolphin Research, Education & Conservation in Croatia

Trip Details:

Operator:   Animal Experience International
Price From: 2,109 CAD
Ideal Age Range:  19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs:  Moderately Fit
Program duration: 10 days
Trip Dates: 11-06-2018,25-06-2018,16-07-2018,06-08-2018,03-09-2018,24-09-2018,08-10-2018

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About this program

Join Animal Experience International and Volunteer with Dolphins in Croatia that are at risk due to an increase in human activities. The global population trend of Bottlenose Dolphins is not completely understood, but the Mediterranean subpopulation is vulnerable and continues to decrease according to the IUCN red list of threatened species.

Studies are showing that the subpopulation’s numbers in the Adriatic Sea have declined by more than fifty percent in the last five decades! This huge reduction in the dolphin population was caused in large part by planned killings that took place in the second half of the nineteenth century when dolphins were perceived as pests. But further declines are a direct result of increased pressure from people, including fishing (over-fishing and accidental trappings in nets as bi-catch), loss of habitat quality, water pollution (plastics and heavy metals in the water) and rising underwater sound. Many of these problems will be observed directly by volunteers when collecting data about the dolphins in the research area.

As a volunteer on this program, you can look forward to the following:

  • Observing dolphins as they swim near your boat each day
  • Staying in a volunteer apartment shared with other like-minded volunteers
  • Data Analysis
  • Education 
  • Excursion to Istria
  • Learn about marine mammals & local Bottlenose Dolphin population



All volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about the biology, ecology and conservation of marine mammals.

Volunteers will have scientific supervision while working with data - data collection on the water, data input in the office, and analyzing data from the previous day.

Each morning all new information needs to be checked and entered into the catalogue, and this information is analyzed. Afternoons are spent at sea, observing dolphin activity and recording these findings.

Throughout your stay, there will be many lectures offered about culture, geography, biology, data collection, wildlife and what to do in the unlikely event that a marine mammal is stranded on land. For those interested in education, there will be an opportunity to participate in social media, outreach days and, educational presentations.

Country Fast Facts


Flag  Flag_of_Croatia.svg
Continent: Europe
Official Language(s) Croatian
Capital: Zagreb
Population 4,190,700 (2016 estimate)
Climate(s) Continental
Major Airport(s): Zagreb International Airport (ZAG), Zadar International Airport (ZAD), Split International Airport (SPU)
Economic Driver(s): Tourism, Agriculture

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