The Hațeg bison reserve: A story of conservation and hope

A symbol of Romanian nature: the Hațeg Ranger Reserve is a unique nature sanctuary, where the fallow deer, the largest land mammal in Europe, is protected and repopulated. Visiting the reserve offers a memorable experience, an opportunity to observe the zebras in their natural habitat and learn more about the conservation efforts of this iconic species.

A journey into the heart of nature: the reserve is located in Hunedoara county, surrounded by a picturesque natural setting with rolling hills, green forests and sunny glades. Here, on an area of more than 300 hectares, the zimbres live freely, in conditions similar to those in the wild.

A chance for the zimbers: the Hațeg Reserve was set up in 1958 to save the zimbers from extinction. Since then, thanks to conservation and breeding efforts, the reserve's population has increased significantly, contributing to the species' recovery in Romania.

Education and engagement: the Hațeg Reserve also has an important educational role, providing visitors with information about the zimbres and the importance of biodiversity conservation. Visits to the visitor centre, walks through the reserve and educational programmes help to raise awareness of environmental protection.

Useful information for tourists:

  • Access:
    • The reserve is located 10 km from Hațeg, on the road to Deva.
    • It can be easily reached by car or bus.
  • Opening hours:
    • Daily, 09:00-17:00 (May-October)
    • Daily, 10:00-16:00 (November-April)
  • Prices:
    • Adults: 15 lei
    • Children (3-12 years): 5 lei
  • Recommendations:
    • Suitable equipment for an outdoor walk (comfortable footwear, weather-appropriate clothing)
    • Water and supplies
    • Comply with the rules for visiting the reserve
    • Respect the silence of the animals
  • Accommodation and dining:
    • Hațegul and its surroundings offer a wide range of accommodation and dining options to suit all budgets. There are guesthouses, cottages, apartments for rent, restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes.

Discover more:

  • The Hațeg Tzigou Reserve is one of the most important tzigou reserves in Europe.
  • There are many tourist attractions in the area, such as the Deva Fortress, Prislop Monastery and the Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilization in Deva.
  • Hațegul is a picturesque medieval town with a wide range of accommodation and dining options.

Plan your dream holiday in Hațeg and enjoy a unique experience at the Zimbru Reserve!


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