Sokolarski Raptor Centre

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Andrija V
Zagreb, Croatia49 contributions
Family
Fantastic place to come. They have great presentations with owls and hawks, you learn a lot of interesting things about these birds and you can feed them during the presentation. The place is also a hospital for wounded or sick wild birds.
The hosts are excellent, friendly and very interesting and witty. Place also has a small cafe with refreshments. If you are in Šibenik, you can not miss visiting this place.
Written August 1, 2022
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Robin
Herselt, Belgium6 contributions
Friends
Our visit was amazing. An extremely passionate and lovely specialist gave us a thorough explanation about some of the species living in the sanctuary. Some birds can never be returned to the wild so they are used for the explanations. Most of the others are kept out of sight, to avoid human contact. Explanations/small shows are provided every hour. Drinks and toilet available. I was touched by the sheer love, knowledge and respect the owner showed for the birds. Loved every minute!
Written September 10, 2021
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divinacom
Merksplas, Belgium97 contributions
We came here during our vacantion and were directly invited to the tour that started a short time before. I was amazed about the work they did here, because except for the shows they also help injured birds and are thus a sanctuary also. We got a nice explanation about the birds and the way they live. It was very special to get so close to the birds and took a lot of great pictures. They all talked english very well.
Keep up the good work!
Written September 16, 2019
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Cecily B
phoenix, arizona64 contributions
I'm a falconer and have been doing raptor education programs for 16 years in the U.S. When I travel I love to visit facilities in other countries to see different birds and learn new things. I'm mindful that other countries and cultures may do things differently. My issue is with the presenter and not the facility. He was probably mid to late 40's and had been a falconer for 10 years. The first bird he brought out was a Eurasian Eagle Owl, which was panting. As they don't sweat, birds pant when they're hot or stressed. He said it was hot. Temperature was in the 60's, so not that warm, but I work with two eagle owls and know they're heat sensitive. He then grabbed the bird's ear tufts to talk about them. The bird reacted, trying to bite at him. He then talked about the soft feathers and put his head into the bird's chest feathers, and invited audience members up to do the same. The bird was really panting by then and I could hardly watch. His next bird was a Harris' Hawk. The bird bated (hanging off his arm), and he laughed at how the bird would do that until he got a treat. He demonstrated all the things a presenter shouldn't do. While I was upset at how the birds were treated, I'm more upset the public would think this is how falconers handle these amazing birds.
Written October 6, 2019
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nikeca
Sofia, Bulgaria8 contributions
Solo
I traveled around Croatia for 10 days and I am very happy that I found this very unique place. While it is a bit harder to find the Sokolarski Centre, the lecture and presentation they make are totally worthy of the travel and decent ticket value (if one follows the small signs correctly, they will take you right in front of the place - btw don't get scared by the country road that you reach at some point). I showed up during the afternoon and even though it was only me, the guide Stipe was excellent in touring me around and I learnt a lot about birds of prey. He was quite willing to answer all of my questions, so if you want to learn something in more specific details, probably it is a good idea to think about some questions in advance and I am sure they will be glad to share their professional knowledge on the subject. Moreover the facilities are located in a really calm and well maintained environment, which makes it a good place to also have a cup of coffee and enjoy a few hours away from the other quite touristic places in Croatia. As they are NGO you can also show your support and love to the birds by buying a souvenir or leaving an extra donation.

Hvala Stipe!

Niki // Sofia, Bulgaria
Written July 3, 2015
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Bryan g
High Wycombe, UK96 contributions
Couples
The owner here is so passionate and caring about his life and birds of prey.Great man and very funny the way he talks about his birds.Really helpfula nd kind.The birds all look healthy and he seems to love thme all.He lets some be releaseda s well but you can't see these.Well wrth a short trip.Its cheap 50 kn each £6appx) and well worth a wonder.
Written June 5, 2019
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heng7676
Stockholm, Sweden84 contributions
Family
As all reviewers said. Very informative presentation with a personal contact with an owl and presenters personal bird, the falcon. We enjoyed the bird feeding session . Our presenter is humorous too.
This place is not a zoo so you know. A few species of birds to look at only.

A quiet place without groups of tourists.
It cost 60kuna with uber from sibenik one way and it is hidden in a remote place. But uber drivers have no problem findinf it as there are signs along the way.
Entrance costs 50kuna f adults and children of certain age pay as well.

Definitely recommend for people who loves birds
Written July 22, 2018
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EarthVader
Vienna Region, Austria13 contributions
Couples
If you come to Dalmatia, this place is a must see! For all ages, it is just the coolest thing you can experience and learn about. The tour is carried out in a highly informative and friendly manner and the birds are literally in touching distance. Seeing the important work done at the center has only increased our respect for nature. The actual work done by the centre is to cure and re-introduce birds of prey back into nature as soon as possible after being brought in. They rely completely on donations and the ticket cost of 45 kunas (EUR 6 appr) is used for surgeries and for running the center. The cafe only adds to the charm of the place. The staff is very freindly and dedicated. We will definitely return. Highly recommended!
Written July 3, 2017
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lavenderhoney84
London, UK15 contributions
Family
This is the only bird of prey rescue centre in Croatia which has been run for 30 years by Emilio and his wife. It's a small place on the way to the Krka National Park waterfall and 7km from the medieval town nature of Sibenik - both worthy visits themselves. When you arrive Emilio presents a 45-60 talk and demonstration with the Eagle Owl and Harrier Hawk (he can give the talk in several languages) which is very interesting and informative. They also have a small hospital for injured birds, research and occasional breeding. They also serve hot/cold drinks in a little open air cafe so it's a great rest stopif you are driving between Zadar and Split. If you don't have your own car, a metres taxi from the Sibenik bus station costs around 115 Kuna each way (the driver will give you a card and they will call him to pick you up when you're ready to return). The money from the small entry fee (30 kuna at time of writing) goes towards the upkeep of this important centre. A great place!
Written April 15, 2012
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Nicole-NSM
London, UK91 contributions
Friends
This is primarily a rescue centre for injured birds of prey (which you don’t get to see), and secondly a visitor and education centre about birds of prey, and the environment they live in.
The birds on display (and eagle owl, Harris hawks and falcons) are birds that are captive bred or cannot go back to the wild for various reasons, there are regular displays, which are fascinating and educational - and also funny. You do get to get very close to the birds, while seeing them fly. Emiliano who works here is passionate about caring for these birds, which really shows.
All entry fees go towards the upkeep and caring for injured birds. It’s well worth the entry fee. The centre is through a small village and the forest surrounding the centre is beautiful too.
Written October 21, 2018
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