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What’s kept us busy in making the Rhodope Mountains a wilder place

Egyptian vulture

In the past the Egyptian vulture was wide-spread throughout Bulgaria and Greece with high population numbers. There are records of pairs nesting even on the hills in the city of Plovdiv in Bulgaria. Today the Balkan Peninsula is home to less than 90 pairs, one of the last and most secure haven for the species … Continued

Wolf

The Eastern Rhodope Mountain holds one of the most stable wolf populations in Bulgaria. This is partially due to the extensive livestock breeding still practiced here, as well as to the depopulation of the area. For decades the wolf has been fiercely chased and eliminated by various means (shooting, poisoning, trapping etc.). Gradually its numbers … Continued

Konik

The feral Konik (Equus caballos), that are now roaming free in Rhodope mountains in Bulgaria,  is a “recovery” of the Tarpan (Equus ferus ferus) and also known as the Eurasian wild horse. The look-a-like Tarpan that is reintroduced in Bulgaria  is also known as Konik (Polish for ‘little horse’). This breed originates from Polish Tarpan … Continued

Fallow deer

In the Rhodope mountains the fallow deer is proving the pivotal species in our efforts to rewild the land. Boosting fallow deer population is not only important for aiding the return of large carnivores, but also shapes a landscape which is very attractive for huge variety of species. The most important role of fallow deer … Continued

Red deer

The red deer, along with the other wild ungulates, plays an important role in maintaining open forest spaces and pastures. Pastures attract multiple insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, small mammals – an important link in the food chain for other species. On the other hand, large herbivores are a major food  resource for predators and vultures. … Continued

European bison

The European bison, a cousin of the North American bison, is the largest herbivore in Europe and a key species in the development of open forest ecosystems. The bison has become one of the symbols of nature conservation in Europe. The history of this iconic species serves as an example of how only within a … Continued