A total of 116 mammal species have been recorded in Greece. If you take into account its relatively small size, then Greece has the largest variety of mammal species of all European countries. The largest terrestrial mammal is the European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos). Bears in Greece are found in two main core populations of Northern Greece separated by a distance of circa 250km as follows: the Pindos population covering a range surface of circa 11,000km2 which is the southernmost part of the Dinara – Pindos bear biological population and the Rhodopes population covering a range surface of circa 2,500km2 which is the southernmost part of the Eastern Balkan bear biological population. There are hundreds of bears roaming around these wilderness areas in Northern Greece and unlike some other countries, the bear population of Greece is on the increase. Even though their habitat are sparsely populated by humans, the human activities impose a threat to their existence. Wildlife charities, such as CALLISTO protect the large mammals of Greece, and when taking part in a bear tracking trip you support their important work with a small donation.
Northern Greece Wildlife Conservation Tour
Small group trip
Join members of a wildlife charity, exploring bear habitat Northern Pindos where hundreds of bears roam & gain an insight into bear research. Visit Prespa Lake, with hundreds of bird species, like the Dalmatian pelican & rare plants! From €800 (8 days) ex flights. Departure dates: 29 Sept 2017 & 9 June 2018
Track wild bears in a rarely visited mountainous corner of Greece: Northern Pindos. Back to nature with the friendly guides of wildlife charity CALLISTO to hear about research methods, walk in the wilderness and witness traces of wild bears. From €599 (5 days) ex flights. Dates 2017: 22 Apr, 20 May, 19 Sep, 14 Oct