Led by expert guides, this activity will offer you the opportunity to understand the behaviour and ecological importance of the bison. Identifying signs and tracks on the bison helps to understand their movements better, and hopefully lead you to a glimpse of these amazing creatures. Often in the forested areas, tracking needs to be well coordinated and very sensitively done to not impact the animals natural behaviour.
The winter weather allows you to follow tracks easier, but the conditions for moving around are more challenging. The open winter landscape means more sensitivty is required while in the field, but the opportunity for seeing the bison is slightly greater. Like all wild animals, there is no guarentee of what you may see while out in the mountains. Keeping your eyes open for tracks and signs is critical to succeed!
The groups are purposfully kept small, to allow for easier navigation and a more silent manner of movement. With the winetr weatehr, some areas will require snow shoes and this will give you the ability to access more challenging areas where the snow might be deeper. Food for the bison i smore scarce and they have been known to come down to the outskirts of pastures and fields in search of food.
Blending into the natural surroundings is important, so neutrally coloured gear should be worn, good winter boots and jacket are key equipment items to take along. Don’t forget a pair of binoculars and a camera to capture the scenery and experience!
At the end of each experience the welcome fire and home style cuisine await you at the local guest house.
"Tracking wildlife on foot in nature is the purest form of experience!"
- Simon Collier
Matei was born in Armeniș and grew up around the Bison Hillock area in Romania. Matei’s guiding career started when he began working for the Bison Reintroduction Project initiated by WWF Romania and Rewilding Europe in 2014, when the first group of bison were brought into this area to give them the chance to roam free again.
The hope was to develop a network of community beneficial tourism businesses to support conservation and allow a new economic stream into the area.
As the vice-president of a local association AMZA, which was created to help people develop through eco-tourism, Matei has taken on a multifaceted role in developing tourism experiences around the free-roaming bison.
As part of the community development plan, Matei assisted in promoting the local food and traditions with the aim to increase the living standards in the village through small enterprise support and development, centred around bison conservation and reintroduction.
With a firm stance and belief that the community plays a vital role in the success of the bison reintroduction, Matei is constantly looking for new ways to assist the community, all while maintaining his critical role as a bison ranger and hosting guest experiences.
'It's great to be part of such a great and ambitious project as the bison reintroduction and also to be able to help your community to grow in the right direction with conservation.'
Matei Adryan Myculescu
Bison ranger & guide