Organizations, public bodies or institutions active in the research and protection of Romanian bats. If you know of other organizations, institutions, groups, active in Romanian bat research and conservation, that are not on this list, please contact us.

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“Transylvania’s Nature” Association

Office: Cluj-Napoca, Cluj county

The purpose of the organization is the protection, preservation and promotion of sustainable use of the natural heritage of Transylvania.

Romanian Bat Protection Association

Office: Satu Mare, Satu Mare county

RBPA has the mission to promote activities in the field of bat protection and research focusing on general environmental protection as well.

Luana Animal Rehabilitation Centre

Office: Bucharest

Established by the Luana’s Dream Foundation, the center aims to provide free specialized healthcare to wildlife, especially fauna of urban areas.

The Dobrogea Research Group

Office: Constanța, Constanța county

Research group dedicated to the biodiversity of Dobrogea (in a biogeographical and a cross-border context).


Sediu: Iași, Iași county

The group aims to study and protect the environment, promoting energy efficiency and sustainable development, supporting the development of sustainable use of natural touristic and human resources, educating different audiences on the topics mentioned, and promoting ecotourism.

Wilderness Research and Conservation

Office: Bucharest

Association aims to form a team of researchers regarding environmental matters, in order to provide technical solutions using best practices, for plans and projects having a significant negative impact on the environment.

Institutions, universities

The Biology-Geology Faculty, UBB

Office: Cluj-Napoca, Cluj county

The Faculty, in frame of the Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, has all the material resources and scientific skills to create a competitive academic atmosphere, at the national and international leves. The large number of specializations and directions of research are reflected in the number and diversity of laboratories: laboratories of genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology, microbiology laboratories, plant and animal physiology, laboratories of ecology, ethology and biodiversity (botanics, zoology, aquatic ecology, etc. .), geology laboratories (mineralogy, paleontology, micropaleontological, paleotheriology, geochemistry and geochronology, testing of geological materials, etc.).

Institute of Spelology Emil Racoviță

Offices: Cluj-Napoca, Cluj county, and Bucharest

Main research topics: Taxonomic, phylogenetic, biogeographic and ecological studies on subterranean environments, in order to highlight their diversity and complexity; studies on the crystallography and mineralogy of the cave environment, research on the karst water geochemistry; reconstitution of the Quaternary climate oscillations, by applying the U-Th radiometric dating method in our own laboratory; studies on the fossil mammal assemblages; study on the karst systems complexity and distribution, regional karstology research; karst environment protection and its vulnerability to pollution.

University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest

Office: Bucharest

UASVMB is a higher education and accredited research institution, with own legal status, which is part of the network of higher education institutions of public interest, having non-profit and non-political orientation. UASVMB is organized and operates according to the Romanian Constitution, the laws and regulations of education, the University Charter and its own regulations in order to fulfill its mission.

University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca

Office: Cluj-Napoca, Cluj county

The goal of the university is to promote the excellence in the field of education, research and innovation by primary academic initial and postgraduate instruction, by life long learning and integration within the universal value system according to the requirements of a knowledge based society.

Caves clubs

”Gyilkostó Adventure” Association

Office: Gheorgheni, Harghita county

The association aims to improve hiking and mountaineering activities, research and environmental education, evaluation and preservation of natural heritage, as well as technical and scientific training of its members and the public who participates in organized activities.

The Mountain Sports Club

Office: Hunedoara, Hunedoara county

The purpose of the association consists of active participation in cultural and natural heritage conservation by involving a larger number of people (individuals, legal entities).

Speological Foundation “Club Speo Bucovina”

Office: Suceava, Suceava county

The organization is dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of natural and cultural resources.

Romanian protected areas with chiropterological importance

Apuseni Nature Park

Area: Bihor, Cluj and Alba counties

RNP Romsilva – Apuseni Nature Park Administration has the role of analysis, planning, supervision and control in the territory of the following protected areas: Apuseni Natural Park and Natura 2000 sites ROSCI0002 Apuseni, ROSCI0016 Buteasa and ROSPA0081 Apuseni Mountains – Vlădeasa.

Semenic – Caraş Gorge National Park

Area: Caraș-Severin county

The Semenic – Caraș Gorge National Park is located in south-western Romania, with an area of 36.214 hectares, and includes high-value natural elements, in terms of physical, geographical, floral, hydrological, geological and speological aspects.

ROSCI0036 Vârghiş Gorge Natura 2000 site

Area: Harghita and Covasna counties

The Vârghiș Gorge is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and beautiful natural attractions of Transylvania and of the Szekler Land, with its caves, chalk cliffs and typical flora and fauna.

ROSCI0062 Crişul Repede Gorge – Pădurea Craiului Natura 2000 site

Area: Bihor county

The mission of the Center for Protected Areas and Sustainable Development Bihor (CAPDD) is to contribute to sustainable development of Bihor county, Apuseni Mountains and communities in their areas, through the management of protected natural areas and conservation of biodiversity and natural heritage, sustainable local development, responsible tourism and preservation of authentic cultural identity.

ROSCI0189 Barlangos stream (Sugău cave)

Area: Harghita county

The cave is famous because of its narrow galleries and speleothems: conical stalactites, stalagmites, fistular stalactites, corallites etc. There are also splendid calcium crystallizations in the form of aragonite, and helictite formations.

ROSCI0193 Tăușoare Cave Natura 2000 site

Area: Bistrița-Năsăud county

Custodian: The Museum of Bistrița-Năsăud. The purpose of establishing the protected ares is to preserve the landscape, mineralogical, calcite and sulfate speleothems, deposits of silt, fauna, subterranean biological systems and endokarst morphology, to reduce to a minimum the impact of anthropogenic factor on this endokarstic system, by implementing visitation, exploration and documentation rules.

ROSCI0253 Trascău Natura 2000 site

Area: Cluj and Alba counties

The purpose of the site administrator, the Metaliferi, Trascău, Muntele Mare Local Action Group (GAL MMTMM) is the durable development of communities in the area, and adjacent areas. Objectives of GAL MMTMM, throuhg the Local Development Strategy are: economic development of the community; ecological restoration and conservation of protected areas, including Natura 2000 sites; restoration and conservation of the sites; protect disadvantaged communities; promotion and preservation of traditional moral, cultural and religious values; promoting the principles of democracy, rule of law and equal opportunities; physical and intellectual development of youth; promotion of national and international partnerships.

Other groups, public bodies

Environmental Protection Agency of Bihor County

Office: Oradea, Bihor county

Environmental Protection Agency of Harghita County

Office: Miercurea-Ciuc, Harghita county

Speleological Heritage Commission

Office: Bucharest

The SHCs objectives, according to art. 2. from Annex no. 2 of MO nr. 2227/2016, are authorizing speological activities in caves; classification / reclassification of caves in protection classes; assessment of caves based on scientific studies; monitoring the conservation status of caves.

Working group of bat experts under the Ministry of Environment

The working group on Romanian bat species aims to provide the specialized division within the responsible environmental authority with scientific and technical support needed in decision-making, and in the implementation and harmonization of the relevant legislation.

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