Positioning wildlife as a key factor for a thriving and sustainable tourism sector

20 July 2022  |  News

Following Eastern Rhodopes’ continuous growth as a tourist destination, one of the main objectives for Rewilding Rhodopes has been to facilitate a transition to a more values-based tourism industry. The last two years, provided an opportunity to rethink the tourism economy we want to have in the region, by focusing on factors such as the kind of visitors we want to attract and the kind of experiences we want in the tourism industry, and respectively the kind of outcomes we want for locals and the landscape.
Important step in setting the region on this sustainable path is the new edition of Crossbill Guides for the Eastern Rhodopes.

Record number of bison calves born in the Eastern Rhodopes

15 July 2022  |  News

Bulgaria’s Rewilding Rhodopes team were overjoyed to record the births of four bison calves in May and June this year – the highest number of calves to have been born in a single season since bison were reintroduced to Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains in 2019.

Rhodope Mountains welcomed 76 griffon vultures chicks this spring

17 May 2022  |  News

Тhis spring 76 griffon vulture chicks have so far hatched in the Rhodope Mountains rewilding area in Bulgaria. Vulture experts from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB), local rewilding partner, visited all the nesting sites in the eastern part of the Rhodopes Mountains in mid-May to conduct the count.

More than 80 fallow deer released in Rodope Mountains rewilding landscape this winter

18 February 2022  |  News

Following a series of releases this winter a total of 81 fallow deer were transported and released in the Rodope Mountains in Bulgaria this winter. In collaboration with local partners, the Rewilding Rhodopes team has been working for many years to re-establish viable populations of both red and fallow deer in the Rhodope Mountains rewilding area, with more than 500 fallow and 50 red deer reintroduced at different sites, creating several growing subpopulations of these two species.

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