More than 50 fallow deer released in Natura 2000 site Madzharovo in Rhodope Mountains

This april 54 fallow deer were released in Madjarovo, Natura 2000 area. The release was succcessful and the freed animals are  getting used to their new home. This is the first large group to be released in the area and the hopes are that it will create stable population.  

Red and fallow deer together with other wild grazing animals plays a crucial role in maintaining the mosaic landscape of the Rhodopes.
Image: Steffan Widstrand/ Rewilding Europe

 

Before being released, the animals spent some time in an adaptation fence, allowing to get used to the new place gradually. The reintroduction area was chosen after a serious research which included the quality of the available habitats as well as the willingness of the local hunting groups to mitigate the poaching and to work for the restoration of this species.

Introducing small groups of animals over successive years is proving a good way to establish viable red and fallow deer populations. The aim of this reintroduction is to establish a new population of at least 50 free living red deer and 300 fallow deer in this part of the Eastern Rhodopes. Оne of the fallow deer was equipped with transmitter which will enable the team to monitor their wellbeing and location.

The return of the the fallow deer gives a new perspective to this region, both for the restoration of the wild nature and helping the area turn into desired wildlife watching and photographing destination in Bulgaria. “We hope tourists will be able to enjoy the sightings of these wonderful animals besides the flight of the Griffon Vultures, which are emblematic in the area” said Stefan Avramov, an expert from the Wild Rhodope Foundation.

Insecure at the beginning, the fallow deer quickly found their way out into the wild.
Image: Stefan Avramov/Rewilding Rhodopes

 

Red and fallow deer together with other wild grazing animals plays a crucial role in maintaining the mosaic landscape of the Rhodopes. This is of great importance for the preservation of biodiversity in the Rhodopes, which is one of the richest in Europe.

The release of Deer and Deer Deer in the Eastern Rhodopes is being carried out within the framework of a five-year LIFE project “Conservation of t Black and Griffon Vultures in the Rhodope mountains” (LIFE14 NAT / NL / 000901) developed by Rewilding Europe in partnership with Rewiding Rhodopes Foundation, Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, WWF Greece, the Vulture Conservation Foundation and the Greek Ornithological Society. The project aims at restoring and expanding Griffon vulture populations and returning the Black Vulture to this part of the Balkans.

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