This expedition will take you to the fabled Transylvanian Alps of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. There you will conduct important conservation research work on bear, wolf, lynx, bison and beaver, as well as their interrelationships with prey species and the human community. You will track and study these animals on the southern slopes of the Fagaras Mountains, in a 210 square km forest protection zone, which - together with neighbouring Piatra Craiului National Park - forms a hunting-free zone of 360 square km. Bear, wolf and lynx are present in the area already and beaver and bison are being re-introduced. You will be looking for the animals themselves, as well as their tracks, and place and check camera traps. You will also learn how to collect samples of scat and fur for genetic analysis and survey prey species such as deer and wild boar. All this in an effort to determine more realistic estimates of large mammal numbers and to create a new national park, which will be among Europe’s biggest, and a world-class wilderness reserve.

“I loved being a citizen scientist in Romania and working with people with different backgrounds and experiences, being challenged with walks in the mountains and navigating yourself  – an unforgettable experience!”   more testimonials