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Conservation Facts

Population: 4.5 million
Total Area: 33.843 km2
Population density: 131 per km2
Protected Area: 2%
Nature Reserves: 63
Largest Nature reserve: Hancesti Wood National Park 45 km2

Resident Photographers:

Visiting Photographers:

Laurent Geslin

Moldova Galleries

The history of Moldova has been a bumpy ride. Until the end of WW II it belonged to Romania, was then incorporated to the former USSR and finally gained its independency in 1991. Landlocked between Romania and Ukraine it largely depends on its agriculture and most of the land is cultivated farmland.


Nevertheless Moldova hosts a variety of fascinating species living in diverse habitats: from steppe to wet meadows to lakes and forests.
The densely forested 5.000 ha of Codrii Nature Reserve, the country’s oldest and best researched nature reserve, consist largely of oak, beech and ash. Some trees are old enough and in a favourable state of decay to attract woodpeckers, owls and insects depending on dead wood like the fabulous Stag beetle. Wild cats, Lesser-spotted eagle and Corncrake inhabit the reserve, located some 60km away from the capital Chisinau.
In 2005 one male and two female European bison from Poland were reintroduced to Moldova in its Padurea din Domneasca Reserve, part of the Emerald Network of reserves outside the EU. Here in the North of Moldova, in the Prut river wetlands, the animals are supposed to establish themselves over the coming years.
Nearby, on the left shore of the Prut, hundreds of small hills of between 1.5 and 30.5 m height shape a landscape known as the “One Hundred Knolls”. There us still some debate where they originated from: ancient Mediterranean reefs or part of a landslide along the Prut, which turned into packages of stones over time. Nowadays the hillocks are covered with open grassland and steppe habitats teaming with rich insect life like praying mantis and locusts, large wolf spiders, birds from hoopoes to bee-eaters and small mammals like Spotted sousliks.
Unfortunately, information about nature and wildlife in Moldova is very scarce.