Underground fauna of Barać caves

As part of the “Bat Night 2021”, the event organized by the Public Institution of Barać Caves, an exhibition “Underground Fauna of Barać Caves” also took place. Photos were made during the inventory and monitoring projects of Croatian Biospeleological Society. From bats to springtails, people were able to get acquainted with the interesting and the unknown underground fauna of the Barać caves. During the exibition, an expert from the CBSS was answering any questions the visitors had.


Technologies in biology: bats

The exhibition “Technologies in Biology: Bats” was created based on research and bats telemetry during projects on the island of Lokrum. Projects were conducted by CBSS in cooperation with Vincent Wildlife Trust – BatLife Europe partner. The exhibition was opened 18th February to 21st April 2019 in the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum in Zagreb, and in June 2019 was moved to Lokrum island where is the part of the permanent exhibition. Our members are one of the authors of the exhibition, photos and videos.

Authors of the exhibition were: Henry Schofield, Daniela Hamidović, Dina Rnjak, Marija Crnčević i Katarina Ivanišin

Professional associates: Petra Žvorc, Anita Glover, Boris Krstinić, Damjan Krstinić i Vida Zrnčić

Photographs and film: Boris Krstinić

HIDDENLIFE – Shedding light on the World’s darkest biodiversity hotspot

The exibition that Martina Pavlek and Tin Rožman have prepared, presents more than 100 endemic species of cave-dwelling spiders from Dinarides. The photographs in this exhibition are the result of 20 years of cave fauna exploration done by members of the Croatian Biospeleological Society and from “Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions project HiddenLife” carried out by Martina Pavlek at the University of Barcelona in the lab of prof. Miquel Arnedo. The exhibition was opened 28th May to 30th September 2019 at Centre de Recursos de Biodiversitat Animal, Facultat de Biologia, Barcelona.

Authors of the exhibition were: Martina Pavlek i Tin Rožman

Speleo Ston

Exhibition „Speleo Ston“ is realised through the project “Secrets of the Underground World of the Municipality of Ston”, as part of the INA – Green Belt program. The aim of the project was inventarisation and evaluation of previously unexplored caves in the Municipalita. The project was implemented in cooperation with the HPD “Sniježnica”, CBSS and Public Institution for the management of protected areas of nature of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The exhibition was set up in the House of Wine Tradition in Putnikovići, 28th December 2019 to 31st January 2020.

Author of the exhibition was: Anita Trojanović


Velebit House

The exhibitions at “Velebit House” show the richness of Velebit Mt., its diversity and cultural and natural value. CBSS participated in the creation of the part about biospeleology. The aim of this part of the centre is to present rich subterranean fauna of Northern Velebit National park. The fauna of this area is characterised by highly endemic and specialized species. In addition, the basic features of subterranean animals are shown and explained. The animals of Lukina jama, the deepest cave of Croatia, are specially presented and there is also a short overview of biospeleological research of northern Velebit.


Krka – Underground Secrets

On September 23, 2016, the exhibition “Krka – Underground Secrets” was opened at the National and University Library. The exhibition was organized by the Croatian Biospeleological Society in cooperation with the Public Institution “National Park Krka”.

The authors of the exhibition were: Kazimir Miculinić and Ana Komerički.

Underground Fauna of Krka National Park

The exhibition “Underground fauna of Krka National Park” was opened on January 18, 2016 in the Varaždin City Museum. It was organized by Public institution National Park Krka in cooperation with CBSS. The exhibition was opened until March 5, 2017.

The Krka National Park has 65 explored caves, where a total of 175 species and subspecies were recorded. Previous research has confirmed the great diversity of animals in these habitats, with very important and rare taxa, among which some are unknown for science. This underground animal world, inaccessible to the eyes of “ordinary” observers, was depicted in photographs taken by members of the Croatian Biospeleological Society, which wereunited for the exhibition.

The author of the concept was: Drago Marguš.

Artistic design: Davor Šarić.

Days of Speleology in Karlovac 2016

The Days of Speleology in Karlovac 2016 event lasted from October 22 to November 25, 2016. It was organized by the Speleological Club “Karlovac” on the occasion of 20 years of the club’s existence. As part of the event, on the 4th November, CBSS member Jana Bedek held a lecture at the congress hall of Aquatica – Freshwater Aquarium Karlovac. The lecture was about the biodiversity of the underground fauna and the underground heritage of world importance hidden in Karlovac County. In addition to the lecture, the CBSS photography exhibition was opened.


Museum of Jama Baredine

Members of CBSS participated in the forming of the biospeleological part of the permanent exhibition of the Museum of the Jama Baredine in Istria.

Speleology of Zagreb – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

CBSS members contributed their photographs to the exhibition “Speleology of Zagreb – yesterday, today, tomorrow”, organized by the Zagreb Caving Association.

On the occasion of 127 years of speleological activity in the city of Zagreb, 80 years of exploration of the Veternica cave in Medvednica Mt., and 20 years of deep caves research in the Republic of Croatia, on May 2, 2013, an exhibition was opened in the gallery of the City Administration of the City of Zagreb. The exhibition was officially opened by its patron Mr. Milan Bandić, Mayor of the City of Zagreb.

The exhibition was the first in a series of promotional, public and media activities of the Zagreb Speleological Association in 2013. With this exhibition, the Zagreb Speleological Association wished to contribute to the marking of major speleological anniversaries, and at the same time announce another outstanding undertaking of Zagreb and Croatia speleology – the biggest speleological and diving expedition in 2013, Lukina jama – siphon 2013.

In addition to the photographs, speleological and diving equipment, video projections, etc., the organizers of the exhibition marked the official opening with a short performance involving cavers on ropes and light effects. The aim of the whole event was to popularize speleology and bring it closer to the general public as a technical and scientific activity whose purpose is to research an unknown underground world and to evaluate and protect the underground for future generations.


Hidden Cave Treasure of the Dubrovnik Area

Dubrovnik Natural History Museum was opened on the 17th May 2009. At the opening ceremony, numerous exhibits from the end of the 19th century and the first opening of the museum were presented. A new part of the permanent exhibition called “Hidden cave treasure of the Dubrovnik area” was also opened to the public on the ground floor of the Museum.

This exhibition featured 75 photos of cave animals, chambers and channels, cave maps and drawings, and showed a great biodiversity of cave species and the importance of conservation of the underground habitats and fauna.

Authors of the exhibition were: Roman Ozimec and Daniela Hamidović.

Organisers of the exhibition were: City of Dubrovnik – Department of Environment and Spatial Planning, Dubrovnik Natural History Museum and Croatian Biospeleological Society.

World under World

Permanent exhibition “World under World” in the cave Vrlovka in Kamanje was opened on the 28th October 2009. Visitors of this tourist cave could view this exhibition during their visit, as the exhibition was placed in the entrance part of the cave. Pieces of ceramics and cave animals could be seen in the exhibition showcase. Richly illustrated billboards presented cave animals and interesting facts about the Vrlovka cave. Some of the most important caves of the Kamanje area were also presented.

Opening of the exhibition marked the end of the Project “Biodiversity of subterranean fauna of Karlovac County”, financed by the European Union through PHARE 2006 programme. That occasion was marked by the publication of a catalogue of the same name.

Authors of this exhibition were: Jana Bedek, Hrvoje Cvitanović and Krunoslav Mlačak

In the Heart of the Mountains

On the 11th December 2009, exhibition “In the Heart of the Mountains” was opened in the town of Opatija. Organizers of the exhibition were Public Institution Priroda and associates. During the opening ceremony, a documentary film “Pantera spelaea” from the Vrtare male cave was shown and a lecture “New species of cave pseudoscorpion in cave Biserujka” was held by Roman Ozimec. Poster and exhibition catalogue were published.

Authors of the exhibition were: Roman Ozimec, M. Randić i S. Šišić.

Authors of the photographs were: Darko Bakšić, Ivan Glavaš, Kazimir Miculinić, D. Pelić, Gordan Polić and Roman Ozimec.


Karst Treasure of Ravna Gora

Exhibition “Karst Treasure of Ravna Gora” was opened in September 2008 in the city of Varaždin. The exhibition presented the results of speleological and biospeleological research conducted by the Croatian Biospeleological Society.

Authors of the exhibition were: Roman Ozimec, Dubravko Šincek, Jana Bedek and Marko Lukić.

How to meet Machaerites kastaviensis?

In October 2008, Speleological Society Estavela and Croatian Biospeleological Society organised an exhibition “How to meet Machaerites kastaviensis?” in Speleogallery in Kastav. The text of the exhibition and the leaflet was written by Roman Ozimec and published by Estavela. Members of the Estavela who participated in setting up the exhibition were: Dalibor Reš, Letricija Linardić, Andrija Rubinić, Maja Sulić, Sanja Antolič and Maja Rađenović.

Karlovac County – Cradle of Croatian Biospeleology

Exhibition “Karlovac County – Cradle of Croatian Biospeleology” was opened on the 15th December 2008 in Karlovac City Museum. The exhibition was organised by the Croatian Biospeleological Society, Public institution Natura Viva and Karlovac County together with the Ministry of Culture.

Rich history of biospeleological research is presented through numerous photographs, drawings and sketches of cave animals and caves. Twenty cave type localities from which 39 taxa were described are situated in Karlovac County. For this exhibition, a poster and desk calendar were printed.

Authors of the exhibition were: Roman Ozimec and Hrvoje Cvitanović.

Exhibition was also presented on the 21st May 2009 on the premises of the City Library Ivan Goran Kovačić in Karlovac, and on the 21st May 2010 on the premises of Udruženje obrtnika in Ogulin.

Mljet Underworld

Exhibition “Mljet Underworld” was presented to the public on the 19th December 2008 in Speleogallery in Kastav, in cooperation between Speleological Society Estavela and Croatian Biospeleological Society. It presented two years of extensive fieldwork by the CBSS for the preparation of the book “Guide-book through the Mljet Underworld”. The exhibition was made and planed  by a team of experts from different fields: geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, cave divers and biologists.

This research increased the total number of caves and pits on the island of Mljet to 28. It discovered the deepest pit of the National Park Mljet– Jama na Brekalcima – which is 77 meters deep. The deepest pit of the entire island was also found and explored – pit Međugrađen – which is 102 meters deep. Also, researchers found numerous interesting cave animals, which were presented at this exhibition. Some of them present new species for Croatia, the island of Mljet and also for science.

The exhibition was later also presented three times in Zagreb in the Tin Ujević library, Sesvete library, Galerija Oblok and International Fair Mineral Expo. A 12-page leaflet,in both Croatian and English, was published thanks to the financial help of Public Institution of National Park Mljet.

Authors of the exhibition were: Helena Bilandžija, Branko Jalžić, Jana Bedek, Tvrtko Dražina, Marko Lukić, Kazimir Miculinić, Martina Pavlek and Domagoj Perkić.

Members of the S.U. Estavela who also contributed to the exhibition: Maja Sulić, Letricija Linardić, Andrija Rubinić i Dalibor Reš.


50 Years of Speleology in Karlovac

The Speleological Section of the Dubovac Mountain Association organized an exhibition “50 Years of Speleology in Karlovac” in 2007. Within the exhibition, CBSS members Hrvoje Cvitanović and Roman Ozimec participated in setting up a part of the exhibition about biospeleology.


“Biokovo” exhibition was opened on the 2nd August 2007 in the “Brela Gornja” Presentation Center. The exhibition presented for the first time the complete natural distinctiveness and beauty of the Biokovo Nature Park. During the writing of this text, only the first part of the exhibition was set up, which included a display of subterranean life, presented more important results of speleological research, Quaternary fossil recordings, and some of the geological and zoological features of Biokovo Mt.

In the “Biospeleology” part of the exhibition, which was set up in cooperation with the Croatian Biospeleological Society, a short historical review of the cave and pit research was presented. The characteristics of underground habitats and the adaptation of the cave fauna to the underground life were described. The exhibition presented only some of the most important endemic species from the Biokovo Mt., which stands out by the richness of cave fauna and represents one of the richest mountain massif in Croatia as well as the world with regards to underground fauna.

The exhibition was created in the cooperation between Biokovo Nature Park, Brolanenses – Association of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Breljana, the Croatian Natural History Museum and the Croatian Biospeleological Society.

The authors of the “Biospeleology” part of the exhibition were members of CBSS: Branko Jalžić, Marko Lukić and Helena Bilandžija.



In the Natural History Museum of Rijeka, within the permanent exhibition “Insects”, insects from the the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County underground habitats were displayed.

In the Footsteps of the Cave Bear

CBSS members participated in setting up the exibition “In the footsteps of the Cave Bear” at the City Museum in Makarska. The exhibition spoke of paleontological findings in caves on Biokovo Mt.

The authors of the exhibition were: Damir Lacković, Sanja Japundžić, Katarina Krizmanić, and Branko Jalžić.


Tracing the Footsteps of the Gromača Caveman

Exhibition “Tracing the Footsteps of the Gromača Caveman – Life in Dubrovnik’s subterranean Karst” was presented in Museum Rupe in Dubrovnik in February, 2005. Organizers of the exhibition were the Town of Dubrovnik – Department of Environment and Spatial Planning and Croatian Biospeleological Society. The exhibition presented two of the most important caves: cave Močiljska špilja and cave Špilja za gromačkom vlakom, as well as the rich cave fauna of these and other caves in the surrounding area. Exhibition catalogue was published in both Croatian and the English language. After Dubrovnik, the exhibition was moved to the Karlovac City Museum and Varaždin City Museum.

The exhibition concept was developed by: Jana Bedek, Marijana Franičević, Branko Jalžić and Roman Ozimec.