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Welcome to the next match in our World Cup for Wildlife! We’ll be comparing wildlife tourism in each of the countries taking part in the World Cup to see who will ultimately take the title Wildlife Tourism World Champions 2014!

Next up: Argentina v Bosnia

Check out the highlights and issues around wildlife tourism in each country below (all information taken from www.RIGHT-tourism.org), then read our Match Report at the bottom to find out the score!

Argentina Wildlife – Highlights

Being the second largest country in South America, Argentina is home to a wide variety of wildlife including over 900 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Argentina also has hundreds of different bird species, making it a bird watcher’s paradise. Animals such as the jaguar, cougar, crocodile as well as many bird species live in the subtropical northern regions, while in the central grasslands, armadillos, deer, foxes, and falcons can be found. One of the most unspoilt areas in Argentina remains the Esteros del Ibera, the second largest freshwater wetland on the planet and the largest protected area in the country. Further south, the Patagonian coast is popular for its marine wildlife (dolphins, orcas). A major tourist attraction is the Peninsula Valdes, which offers the chance to see the southern right whales as they use the natural harbours in this area as a resting and breeding ground.

Country Specific Issues

El Toreo de la Vincha (Bullfighting of the Headband)

Bullfighting is banned in Argentina but there are still some festivals that involve ‘mock bullfighting’. Each August, thousands of tourists and locals head to the town of Casabindo to witness the spectacle of ‘El Toreo de la Vincha’. The bull is not killed in this festival, instead ‘matadors’ have to grab a headband from the bull’s horns. Although the bull is not killed, the event invariably does cause a lot of stress to the bulls involved. You can read more about festivals involving animals here.

Dove Shooting

Some agencies are offering hunting trips to Argentina to shoot doves and advertising them by saying that you can shoot over 1000 catridges per day. There is no close season for the eared dove in the country, so countless numbers of these birds of peace are killed in the name of sport each year. You can read more about dove shooting on our partner page at the League Against Cruel Sports, or about hunting here.

Bosnia Highlights

Bosnia and Herzegovina might not come first when considering a trip to Europe as many of us still imagine the country war-torn from the ‘90s. However, the country is very mountainous and forests cover over 50% of the country making it an ideal habitat for a variety of animals. The country’s wildlife includes wild boars, wolves, bears, roe deer, wildcats, badgers, foxes, and falcons. Sutjeska National Park is the oldest in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is home to the Perućica Forest Reserve (one of two last primeval forests in Europe). It is a must-see for any wildlife lover as you are likely to spot a bear, wolf or chamois. If you are an avid birdwatcher, then Hutovo Blato National Park is the place to be. It is mostly made up of marshlands, and has over 240 migratory species of birds. The park offers boat tours through the wetlands for great sightseeing. Read our tips on birdwatching here.

Eco-tourism

The national parks and wildlife reserves in the country consist of wide species of flora and fauna, with the mountainous areas being home to the wild bear and the lynx. Positive initiatives have been taken by the Serbian government to conserve these animal species. The popularity of wildlife in Bosnia and Herzegovina has led to the rise of eco-tourism in the country. Wildlife tours are a major part of the Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tourism trade with plenty of guided wildlife tours offered by the local tourist boards as well as private travel agencies. Eco-tourism is a growing industry worldwide to support wildlife conservation efforts like those in Serbia. Make sure you check that

Match Report

Final Score

A couple of big-hitters here. Argentina offers some amazing South American opportunities, from the big mammals to bird-watching galore and some great wetlands. Toned-down bullfighting could still cause problems to tourists coming across it. Bosnia has emerged from a difficult past to be one of the stars of Europe, with the country making the most of its wildlife and bird species.

Argentina 2 v 2 Bosnia

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