Bosnia's neglected cave seeks U.N. recognition

"Our goal is to prove that Vjetrenica is the world's single richest cave in underground fauna," said research coordinator Jana Bodek of the Croatian Bio-Speleological Association.
More than 30 underground species have been found exclusively in Vjetrenica, including cave snails, a spider, a shrimp, a worm and the world's only cave hydra, according to the International Society for Subterranean Biology.
"The life in speleological objects, such as caves, is very rare ... and Vjetrenica, with its 86 species, is extremely rich," said Ana Baksic, a Croatian speleologist and member of an international research group at the caves.

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