Bear, wolf, lynx wilderness conservation

Project name:

Biosphere Expeditions (9)

Project purpose:

Bear, wolf, lynx wilderness conservation

Project activities:

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

2000

Terrestrial

Romania

Europe

Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Comfortable chalet

When does the project run?

Facilities:

More information needed!

How long can I stay?

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.

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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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

An Experience of a Lifetime