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Babia Góra National Park

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babia, gora, mountain, national, parkBabia Góra National Park is one of the 23 national parks in Poland, located in the southern part of the country, in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, on the border with Slovakia. The Park has its headquarters in the village of Zawoja.

The park covers an area of 33.92 km2 (13.10 sq mi), of which forests occupy 31.98 km². The park includes the northern and part of the southern side of the Babia Góra massif, of which the main peak (also known as Diablak) is the highest point of the Orava Beskids mountain range at 1,725 metres (5,659 ft). There is a protected area Horná Orava Protected Landscape Area on the Slovakian side of the massif.

The area of Babia Góra was first brought under legal protection in 1933, when the Babia Góra Reserve was created. On October 30, 1954 it was designated a National Park. Since 1976 it has been listed by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve under the Man and the Biosphere (MaB) programme. The area of the biosphere reserve was extended in 2001.

Fauna

  •     105 species of birds (including woodpeckers and eagle owls)
  •     Animals such as deer, lynx, wolves and bears
  •     Insects, especially beetles, including some which are unique to the area



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