Bear, wolf, lynx wilderness conservation

Project name:

Biosphere Expeditions (9)

Project purpose:

Bear, wolf, lynx wilderness conservation

Project activities:

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching

Terrestrial

Romania

Europe

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

2000

Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Comfortable chalet

Requirements:

None. You do not need to be a scientist or have any special qualifications - everyone can take part and there are no age limits whatsoever.

Ability to walk about 10 - 20 km per day in hilly to mountainous terrain in autumn conditions, which may sometimes include rain, fog and relatively low temperatures.

Facilities:

More information needed!

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

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.

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