Wildlife of Macedonia
The population of brown bears in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is together with that of Albania of significant biological and genetic value because it forms the connecting population between the brown bear populations in Croatia and Slovenia in the North and the endangered brown bear population of Greece. Data on the numbers and distribution of these populations are therefore of paramount importance for the conservation of the bear population in South-East Europe. In FYROM, the brown bear population is estimated to consist of fewer than 200 individuals. Although, the species is legally protected in FYROM, there is no management plan.
Macedonia is known as a crossroad of migratory birds. Almost one third of 310 species from these areas are migratory birds, while 210 species are nesting birds.