What color are the cows: Brown or purple?

first_imgIf we did a survey among children both in Croatia and in other countries, and asked them the title question, it would be interesting to see the answers and which cow would prevail. Unfortunately, I’m more inclined to think that purple would predominate among the answers.In today’s modern times, people are increasingly separating from nature, human contact, direct communication and the real world, and everything is becoming digital, ie we live in a digital world. Returning to nature and experience without technology is one of the new trends in the world of tourism, as well as the consumption of organic, ecological and authentic dishes, living as locals, ie experiencing an authentic experience. That is why the very essence of tourism is precisely authenticity, and this is precisely our greatest tourist strength in the fight against globalization, because everything is becoming the same, standardized. And when that is the case, then you lose the motive of coming and the competitive advantage.Also, due to globalization and digitalization, people are increasingly living in modern cities, and the modern way of life and business is giving less and less space, ie time for themselves, family, children. Because of all this, today’s children have never seen a live cow, chicken, horse, goose… and do not know what they actually look like. Their perception is created by cartoons, marketing (Milka) and the digital world.If you live in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka and other major cities, ask yourself: When was the last time you saw a cow? When did your children see pets? Ask your child what color is a cow? How many eggs does a hen lay per day? Or maybe eggs are made in retail chains? In accordance with the above, I wonder if the “Zoo” of domestic animals can be a great tourist product? I’m sure he can, and here’s a concrete example.In the Nature Park near Sutivan on the island of Brač, children enjoy and get to know the animals.When Stipo Jurić and his wife Ana decided to turn the island karst into a nature park (private zoo) two kilometers from Sutivan on the island of Brač 14 years ago, he planned to build several dwellings with backyards where his children could see animals they usually know only from books. or television commercials and make sure the cow is not purple and the eggs are not laying in the mall.But today, in addition to sports fields, there is a 20 and 50-meter cable car, slides, trampoline, swing, wooden castle and restaurant with local food and animals rich zoo, all of which covers 16 thousand square meters of Sutivan Nature Park. And most importantly, a real attraction for all foreign tourists who come to the island of Brac. The most interesting, especially for children is the zoo where long-tailed blue and white peacocks, golden, silver and hunting pheasants, geese, ducks, domestic chickens live together, there is the African ostrich, Vietnamese pigs, wild boars, cows, sheep, goats and mouflon and other domestic animals. Stipo Jurić says that the jewel of the park are donkeys aged from a few days to a few years, and horses Suzi and Bela on which you can ride, and the environment is beautified by fruits, greenery and flowers.Love and care for wildlife is felt at every step of this nature park and visitors are sure to bring with them emotions that will remain in their lasting memory because the holiday is not only the sea and sun but also popcorn looking for corn and grass grazing cows. They don’t accidentally call Stipe’s property “Brač’s paradise for children”. “Once an elementary school teacher brought the children and spent among the hens so one student asked how many hens lay eggs a day. She said a dozen, and maybe only one a day… Well, sometimes we even laugh”, Stipo tells me.One hen lays one egg a year?By the way, to answer the question of how many hens lay eggs per day, once a day, ie an average of 280 eggs per year. And now imagine that in our tourism we use domestic eggs, not from large production plants, but from local family farms. How much does one large hotel consume eggs per day, and how much just one whole destination for tourism? Imagine how many eggs it is per day and how many people would be employed through hundreds of family farms, just in the production of organic and organic eggs? It is a tourism to strive for and then tourism makes sense, not to live off the rent of accommodation and the sun and the sea.Not to mention, how organic and organic products have a much higher price on the market, how all the trends are in this direction and how there is a great demand for the same, as well as that the cream of homemade eggs are bright yellow, not “white” colors. Just look at the prices of organic products in retail chains, prices are 30-40% more expensive, if some products and much more. And interestingly, there is a market that is growing from year to year.Sutivan Nature Park has become an excellent quality tourist content offered by the island of Brac and there children can see and experience animals in the true sense, not just watch them because they are given the opportunity to touch, feed and groom animals. Also, in addition to all this, children get all the information about how animals live, what they eat, how they behave, etc.…And this is where the greatest magic happens, it is this direct contact and interaction between children and animals that is invaluable and an experience that is not forgotten. It is remembered “for a lifetime”. “Love for my late wife Ana keeps me from doing what we started together and because of her I do it and I will never leave the park – I live for all this…”, Says Stipo Jurić.This is exactly what is felt at every step, this is not a commercial park, everything is local and you feel that personal touch and care for the whole park. This is not a job, this is a way of life, says Barba Stipo. He adds that all the animals were registered with the Croatian Livestock Association, and the veterinary inspection was there several times. “One inspector acted very seriously and talked a little, so I was afraid she would find any mistake. She also looked at the wild boars that had just pollinated and saw where they were housed because the cubs require special care. She did not say anything, but she wrote in the minutes that the animals live in extremely good conditions, are housed in a house with a garden and are all tame, which is a sign that they were cared for with a lot of attention and love, “said Stipo Juric. where wild boars have young, is the best proof that the living conditions of the animals are excellent. By the way, all animals are registered in the Croatian Livestock Association.Guests find out about his nature park via the internet, there is their promotional material in the local tourist board and many who come once, come again. “My marketing is satisfied visitors, because those who come all these years, return every year and so they recommend others to visit us,” says Barba Stipo and although he does not count exactly all visitors, he estimates that this Brac paradise was visited by over 10 visitors.The nature park near Sutivan is not difficult to find – from the direction of Supetar you have to pass the main entrance to Sutivan and after a slight uphill there is a signpost that will direct the traveler to the park, and from the direction of Milna there is a sign the park is 500 meters.Finally, let me share an anecdote.Namely, while I was talking to Barba Stipe, my son came up to me, got into the conversation and told me. ” Dad, Dad has another parrot, come see and he pulls me to show me another parrot he found. You know, Dad, there’s a red parrot. Come see“Says my son David.That says it all and of course how even after a year, my son still remembers the animals from Brač. A story that has been told dozens of times, a story that is not forgotten, a story that spreads further and a story that remains in the memory of “the whole” life. I am grateful that Barba Stipo provided me with unforgettable experiences from my vacation.Yes, a “zoo” with domestic and indigenous animals can and is a great tourist product, so I wonder why we don’t have them anymore. It is an experience, an emotion and a story. It is tourism.last_img

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