About Us

The Croatian Biospeleological Society (CBSS) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, which has been gathering biologists, cavers and scientists of different research fields since its foundation in 1996.

Main goals

  • scientific research and conservation of cave habitats, cave fauna and bats
  • raising public awareness of the biodiversity and importance of cave fauna, endangerment of caves and cave habitats and the need for their conservation, sustainable development and conservation of nature in general
  • promotion of cave research and protection of caves
  • active research and development of new research methods
  • improving the protection of cave fauna in practice

Activities conducted to achieve those goals

  • fieldwork research on subterranean fauna and its habitat, and all other research in caves
  • laboratory work and analysis
  • foundation and curatorship of biospeleological collection
  • organization of lectures, workshops, seminars, congresses and public events
  • raising public awareness of the importance of the subterranean fauna and its habitat
  • publishing popular, expert and scientific papers
  • cooperation with all parties involved in nature conservation from both governmental and non-governmental sector, as wells as with major stakeholders involved in natural resources exploitation


Explored and protected cave life in the Dinarides


CBSS is an NGO that actively promotes the research and protection of cave fauna, cave habitats and bats.


Ministry of Environmental Protection and Physical Planning acknowledged results of the Society and the importance of the project Inventory, Mapping, Education and Popularization for the Conservation of the Croatian Subterranean Fauna, and awarded it with the First prize for global contribution to ecology in 2002.

Two Society members, Daniela Hamidović and Jana Bedek, won the prestigious Whitley Fund for Nature Award under the patronage of princess Anne for the projects on the protection of bats and cave fauna.