Wildlife holidays in Romania

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Conservation holiday in Romania

September 10th, 2009

Fascinating holiday in the Piatra Craiului Mountains of central Romania, one of the wildest corners of the Carpathian Mountains. The holiday is based around the ideas that for centuries the locals have existed in harmony with a rich variety of rare wildlife, including Europe’s highest concentration of bears, wolves and lynx. You’ll spend your time walking through spectacular canyons, virgin forests and Saxon villages. You’ll stay in a guesthouse owned by a local family, providing a good standard of accommodation and delicious food. There is a visit to the Beaver Reintroduction Programme and the former research centre for the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project, which is home to two hand-raised wolves, Poiana and Crai. I see from the very positive comments of people who have done this, that bears are sometimes seen.

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Volunteer work with bears in Romania

August 27th, 2009

Romania with its vast tracts of mountains and forests is home to about 60% of Europe’s brown bears. The vast majority live undisturbed, but an unlucky few are kept in captivity and used as tourist attractions in restaurants or circuses. Luckily, it is now illegal in Romania to keep a wild animal in captivity, but you can’t simply release bears that have been physically and mentally damaged by captivity. They will usually have been captured as cubs, so will have had little experience of surviving in the wild.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals has recently built a sanctuary near Brasov which will enable captive bears to be re-homed in 10 hectares of forest. Where possible, young bears will be rehabilitated and returned to the wild. As a volunteer you’ll be helping with a wide range of tasks, including feeding the bears, monitoring their progress, helping at the ‘bear hospital’, maintaining fences and facilities and showing visitors around.

From £895 (1-12 weeks) including flights from the UK. Price includes interview & placement briefing day.

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Bear watching holiday in Romania

August 27th, 2009

Romania offers great opportunities for bear watching and is one of the best wildlife watching destinations in Europe. Spend a week exploring the more remote areas of Piatra Craiului National Park in the Carpathian mountains. The area, clad in healthy pine forests, is home to the highest concentration of wolves, bears and lynx in Europe and remains an area of interest for researchers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. We will spend days tracking mammals on foot with an award winning expert guide, as well as visiting and interacting with the traditional farming communities of the region. Read more

The guide sounds excellent:

Dan Marin grew up in Zarnesti and has been leading wildlife and cultural trips in the region since 2000. Dan was involved with the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project for three years and has lectured on conservation and wildlife issues to universities from Sweden as well as at schools in Bucharest. Dan speaks fluent English and is a licensed wildlife guide. His knowledge and enthusiast earned him the Wanderlust Guide of the Year award in 2007 and articles on the work that he has been involved with have featured in the Sunday Times and the independent amongst many others

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