Brown bears in the Tatras

Bear watching holiday in Slovakia

August 26th, 2009

This eight-day bear tracking trip in Slovakia looks great fun. You’l work with the expert guides and rangers who lead the High Tatras bear project, you will search not only for bears, but also wolves, wildcats and more. Accommodation is in remote mountain cottages, usually reserved only for park rangers. These cottages offer immediate access to prime wildlife areas. You will be fully integrated in this study, with access to all the latest data collected and you will also be able to track the movements of the study bears wearing GPS transmitters. You’ll also have access to the Bielskie Tatry (White Tatras), an area usually off-limits to the public and strictly controlled as a National Park. Included in the price is a sizeable contribution which goes directly to bear conservation in Slovakia. All in a all a worthwhile and fun way of spending a long week.

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Tracking brown bears in Slovakia

July 22nd, 2009

Account of tracking brown bears in Slovakia’s High Tatras. The High Tatras are the highest part of the Carpathian mountain range. Current estimates reckon there are about 800 brown bears in the High Tatras. Thanks to enlightened protection policies in the 1930s and the creation of Tatra national park in 1948, the bears here have survived, while in the rest of Europe the were decimated by hunting. Read about this guided tour in the Guardian