Romania – Nature
Protected brown bears
Within Europe’s last truly remaining wilderness still lives one of the planet’s most captivating creatures – Romanian Brown Bears. Few animals capture the imagination quite like European brown bears. The Carpathian Mountains are a 1,500-kilometre-long arc through Central and Eastern Europe, stretching from the Czech Republic to the Iron Gates on the River Danube in Romania, making them Europe’s second longest chain (after the Scandinavian Mountains).
Romania’s Carpathian Mountains protect over 35% of Europe’s brown bear population, the largest remaining group outside of Russia.
There are believed to be over 200,000 brown bears in the world, of which nearly 6,000 of them roam Romania’s forests in the Carpathian Mountains – the largest population of bears in Europe. There are even safari-style tours leaving from the popular tourist destination of Sighisoara to try to find the elusive bears in the natural habitat without disturbing their hunting. Romania continues to be one of the most biodiverse and wild countries in Europe.