Rila Nature Park Directorate celebrates Bat Night in Blagoevgrad and Samokov

A series of events were organized by the Rila National Park Directorate in Blagoevgrad and Samokov. “Wildlife” exhibition of three-dimensional models of the Green Balkans was also presented in the information centers of the park in Blagoevgrad and Samokov.

Exciting and extremely interesting were the events organized by the Park Directorate. More than 150 pupils were introduced to rare and protected species from the exhibition. “Wildlife” presents 9 species of rare and protected birds and mammals and can be viewed until October 27 at the Visitor Information Center of Rila Nature Park in the town of Samokov.

The International Bat Night in Samokov was held on October 17. On the initiative of Rila Nature Park Directorate, Samokov entered the list of cities celebrating the International Bat Night. Thanks to this, the children learned a lot about flying mammals and they are now their friends! With great joy, all the participants created their own memory of the first Bat Night in their hometown, peeking into the amazing bat world, through interesting and curious bat stories, playing and creating something bat together in the bat art workshop!

The “Wildlife” was also in Blagoevgrad.
The exhibition was exhibited at the Directorate of the Park and its visitors had the opportunity to learn more about the role of protected areas and the preservation of biodiversity. It stayed until October 14 in Blagoevgrad. The students from „Kliment Ohridski“ Secondary School for Intensive Learning of Foreign Languages  and  “Hristo Botev” 11th  Primary School, Blagoevgrad were impressed by the realistic animal models and actively participated in the activity.

The International Bat Night in Blagoevgrad was held on September 30th together with the Regional Historical Museum (RIM)-Blagoevgrad. Interesting, exciting, amusing and delicious, that’s how everyone involved in the initiative defined it! Over 80 children and parents took part in the events organized by the Rila National Park Directorate, the Blagoevgrad Regional Historical Museum and the Green Balkans. We are glad that we were able to present in a variety of ways the amazing bats and their extremely important role in nature!

Additional information:
There are 33 species of bats in Bulgaria, all of them are protected by the Biodiversity Act, and their habitats are protected within the Natura 2000 ecological network.

Natura 2000:
Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network for nature conservation. More than 30% of Bulgaria’s territory is covered by the network - 120 protected areas for the protection of wild birds and 234 protected areas for the protection of natural habitats.

Thank you for the photos of Rila Nature Park Directorate!

Tonya Todorova , Rila NPD – mobile: +359877554458
Polya Toncheva – Project Coordinator, Green Balkans mobile: +359 894059156, e-mail: