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National Animal

Eurasian Lynx

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, predictable in their actions, graceful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.”

Alfred A. Montapert

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Whales, dolphins, herrings, white sturgeons, tuna, eels, rays.

Birds:

Pheasants, pelicans, robins, herons, swans, cuckoos, bitterns, owls, buzzards

Land mammals:

Bears, wolves, lynx, hares, chamois, deer, dormouse, bats, wild cats, wild boar.

Snakes and insects:

Lizards, vipers, beetles, tortoises, Aesculapian snakes, skunks.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Abundance of stray dogs.

In the
Countryside

You can often witness open trucks on the road carrying sheep, horses, pigs and poultry to the slaughterhouses.

Hunting or poaching:

Hunting is legal in Romania. Common animals hunted are bears, stags, wild boars, roebucks, wolves, lynxes, wild cats, hares and birds.

Animal fights:

Illegal

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

Romanian Animal Rescue

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:

Milioane de Prieteni(meaning millions of friends), is a bear sanctuary. Visitors and volunteers are welcome.

We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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