I started working on Wild Echo in 2001, and 19 years have flown by since then. To be truthful, at first there was just me (Dobromir Domuschiev) and my wise and capable friend Stephan. Just as we were about to press the Start button, he and his family decided to move from Bulgaria to Canada after nearly a year of planning. Every time we meet, he apologizes to me for leaving me alone even today.
In April 2002, I led my very first group, a private British birding excursion, which was followed by a German photographic tour. The identical journeys were made in 2003. We had to run the trips using the license of another company that belonged to a friend because getting a tour operator license in Bulgaria was extremely difficult. We participated in the British Birdfair in April 2004 on the advice of our first customers, and I also registered my own business, Spatia Wildlife. Since then, we have met up every Birdfair and stayed with these two clients, who are now close friends.
The business ultimately received its own tour operator license in February 2005. The business was known as Spatia Wildlife, which was a similar name to the one of my friends we had used for the first two years, in order to avoid more red tape and complication.
Since that wasn’t the name I actually wanted, Wild Echo, which stands for Echo from the Wild, was finally formed in 2015.
We came up with the name while viewing the renowned Sir David Attenborough-narrated documentary, The Echo from the Elephants. Echo was the matriarch of the herd, and the program not only depicted their lovely existence but also brought current environmental issues to light by telling the elephants’ narrative.We think the best and most lovely name is Wild Echo.
When I was 11 years old, I developed a love for birds. This was shortly followed by a love of all animals, and I fully immersed myself in environmental conservation. To everyone’s surprise, I eventually registered at the Academy of Economics in Svishtov.
But even then, I was aware that success in environmental protection required not only the skills of a scientist, lawyer, public relations specialist, or other profession but also the skills of an economist.
I was actively involved in environmental conservation during my high school years and for seven years afterwards, mainly with my favourite group of birds, the raptors.
By that time, the business had already begun, and in addition to working on the trips, Wild Echo and I also worked on a number of conservation initiatives, such as the reintroduction of the Saker Falcon and Apollo in Bulgaria.
Since the beginning, almost all of our visitors were from the UK, where we had, in my opinion, a large number of friends. We’ve started to receive visitors in the last six to seven years from every nation in Western Europe, as well as more lately from Brazil, Albania, Australia, and Kuwait!
Given its small size of 111 000 sq km and southeastern location, Bulgaria is among the top sites for biodiversity in Europe (officially the third richest). Our first travels were of course here, but we have since expanded to include trips to the surrounding nations before moving on to farther-off locales like Mongolia, Ethiopia, and the Caribbean Islands all of which I have wanted to visit since I was a young adult.
In order to persuade the locals to invest in wildlife and ecotourism rather than the false economics of making a fast gain at the expense of permanently destroying their natural environment, I started working in these fields. I think there are some areas where we were successful.
The nature-harming effects of all trips are avoided or reduced to the absolute minimum. This is a rule that is very essential to us in many different ways, and we adhere to it strictly.
Our full-time staff currently consists of me, Mrs Stefana Stancheva, our office manager, and George Gerdjikov, an ecological and wildlife photographer. In our leader’s section, you may view additional details about us and our leaders.
By enhancing the tours, making them more welcoming, supporting more nature conservation efforts, involving more young people, and visiting more beautiful and even extreme locations, such as Papua New Guinea, the Great Australian Desert, Wrangel Island in a different way, and more, we are very much looking to the future.
We value the suggestions you provide. If you have any recommendations for us regarding our trips, the website, or where you would want to go next, please let us know. Please get in touch with us if so.
We anticipate spending many more enjoyable days on the field with both newcomers and all of our regulars.
Entomologist Mario is employed by the Bulgarian Academy of Science. In addition to being an authority on butterflies and other insects, he is a top herpetologist and a skilled birder. He is fluent in Italian, English, and Russian and is well-versed in Bulgarian history. His knowledge, laid-back demeanor, and sense of humor all add to the success of the tours he offers on butterflies, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
Bogdan plays basketball professionally and enjoys photographing nature as a hobby. He does it, though, with a high level of professionalism, and his portfolio is filled with stunning, high-quality photos. Bogdan is a very focused and disciplined sportsman, but while he is photographing wildlife, he also shows enormous compassion for the subject.
Georgi is our newest team member. He has a PhD in zoology and is a graduate of ecology. He is an accomplished birdwatcher and has spent more than 15 years studying birds in particular. Since 2010, he has started photographing wildlife.
As an ornithologist and conservationist, Daniel has more than 30 years of experience. Since 2012, he has led birding excursions. He has been responsible for the field conservation actions and has been directly involved in the protection of the Red-breasted Goose wintering population in northeastern Bulgaria for the last six years. He had to take care of the local NATURA 2000 sites as part of his duties. Other projects he has worked on include developing Bulgaria’s NATURA 2000 network of protected areas, researching the population of raptors in Kamtchiiska Mountain, and researching the autumn migration of soaring birds along the western Black Sea coast. Daniel graduated from the Thracian University in Stara Zagora with a master’s degree in veterinary medicine. He has over six years of work experience in the USA and has a lot of knowledge about North American birds.
Kostadin Valchev holds a master’s degree from the Forestry University of Sofia’s Wildlife Management Department. He has expertise guiding various excursions both inside and outside of Bulgaria. For more than 15 years, Kostadin has worked in the management and designation of protected areas, species conservation, and biodiversity conservation. Including determining the favorable conservation status of mammal species in Natura 2000 sites, planning, problem-solving, mapping, and monitoring. Research and preservation of various species, including: Brown Bear, Wolf, Capercaillie, and Balkan Chamois. He has extensive knowledge of Bulgaria’s rural areas, particularly its mountains.
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