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.
As wild animals, they are quick, illusive and not always easy to spot - radio telemetry equipment can help as this is used for monitoring the animals movements, but that’s not always needed. The mountainous area of the Tarcu region is vast, rugged and wild. The activity can take 3 - 5 hours depending on the area, movement of the bison and conditions of weather.
Blending into the natural surroundings is important, so neutrally coloured gear should be worn, good walking/hiking shoes, a water bottle and a rain jacket are key equipment items to take along. Don’t forget a pair of binoculars and a camera to capture the scenery and experience!
The tracking experience is best done in small groups of between two and four people, but larger groups can be accommodated and split into smaller tracking groups if necessary.
Other activities in the area include bear watching, tracking of Chamois, and hiking in the Tarcu Mountains.
"A world without huge regions of total wilderness would be a cage; a world without lions and tigers and vultures and snakes and deer and bison would be - will be - a human zoo. A high tech slum!"
- Edward Abbey
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