With a humid continental climate, Romania is hosting a variety of forest animals, migrant birds, and even dolphins in its Black Sea waters. Most of Romania’s fauna lives in the temperate broadleaf and mixed forests of the Carpathian Mountains. Despite the harsh environment, some daring chamois also inhabit the high altitudes of these mountains. From bear sanctuaries to bison reservations, Romania’s geography is spotted with places where you can admire the beauty of these animals.
Although in Romania, the climate is favorable to 90 mammal species, some are highly endangered or near-threatened. In the southern plains of the country, many rodent species, like the European mole and the Romanian hamster, find their home. But the biggest most impressive mammals populate the forests in the mountains. Among these, the brown bear, the grey wolf and the last of the bison population in Europe, can be admired in animal reservations across the country or into the wild in organized tours.
Liberty Bear Sanctuary
* Romania outlawed the keeping of wild bears in 2005. Most of the bears at the sanctuary are Romanian, but some have been rescued from as far afield as Albania and Texas. The giant of the sanctuary, at 400 kilos, hails from Armenia. It's impressive to see these enormous mammals but undeniably sad to see scars of what they endured: some pace in circles, despite the abundant space. You may also spot tiny deer or the nine wolves who also make their home here
* The "Libearty" Bears sanctuary is NOT a zoo!
* For safety reasons, for the smooth running of the visits and for the welfare of the bears, children under 5 will not be allowed in the Libearty Bear Sanctuary. Please, be ready to present a document that certifies the age of your child/children
* The access in the sanctuary with any kind of photo-video camera is charged with extra 50 lei, except the special tours for professional photographers
* Rules of conduct:
* It is the bears’ forest and so please respect that!
* Do not throw food to the bears!
* Please switch off your mobile as the noise can disturb the bears!
* Do not use camera flash as it can frighten the bears
* Do not eat or drink in front of the bears! It is impolite!
* Smoking is forbidden!
* Do not leave rubbish on the ground in the forest
Do not approach the electric fence - it is dangerous!
* Stay together, follow the guide and patiently listen our stories!
* Do not make any noise!
* Thus, the bears will know that you are their friends!
* At noon we have a lunch break where you can enjoy delicious traditional Romanian dishes
Second part of the day
• No one wants to meet with the bear, but would it be nice to see him close, to see him in his natural environment, and he will not know that you are there, and so do not even attack you?
• If you are ready for such an adventure, here's the time! Two hours before sunset, in safe conditions, accompanied by the Forestry Rangers, we can see the bears in their natural habitat! After a short walk, we reach the observer and wait in silence. The organizers tell us that it is worthwhile to wait patiently and ... quietly
• Like any wild animal, the bear is a prudent one, therefore any loud noise and discussion must be avoided. It is forbidden to use the camera flash, which may scare them. On the day of the program, it is not advisable to use strong perfumes, and clothing should not be strident (not white, pink, orange, etc.)
What is included in the price:
- All the activities presented above
- Professional tour guide (English speaker)
- Transfer from and to the hotel
- Entrance tickets to all touristic attractions
- Local guides
- Our Adventure-Minivan for the entire duration of the adventure- fuel included.
What is not included in the price:
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation nights
- Flight tickets
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Other personal spending
- We can organize this tour from April to November.
- The tour can be customized depending on the number of days you have available.