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Conservation Facts

strong>Population: 2.1 million
Total Area: 25.333 km2
Population density: 81 per km2
National Parks: 3
Largest Nature reserve: Mavrovo National Park 730 km2

Resident Photographers:

Visiting Photographers:

David Maitland

Macedonia Galleries

Bordered by Albania, Greece, Montenegro and Serbia, Macedonia harbours one of Europe’s most diverse lake ecosystems: lakes Prespa and Ohrid. Both are not only an important stop-over site for migrating birds but also centres of endemism in the Balkan region.

Photographer David Maitland focussed on Galicica National Park, located on the mountain ridge separating the two lakes, although they remain connected by an underground stream, which allows for fresh water to flow from Prespa into Ohrid.
Whilst the latter is Europe’s oldest freshwater body with various endemic species of fish and even higher degrees of endemism among the invertebrates, Lake Prespa is a truly international lake with parts in Albania, Greece and Macedonia and one of the most pristine water-bodies in the entire Balkan region. On the biggest of its five islands, Golem Grad, endemic lizard species can be found as well as a variety of endemic insects.
Conservationists are even more interested though in the whereabouts of a rare cat species with probably 30 individuals living in Macedonia, the Balkan Lynx. A first specimen of this rare subspecies was captured and radio-tagged on March 14, 2010 in Mavrovo National Park. The Balkan’s entire population is estimated at less than 100 individuals. Loss and fragmentation of habitat are the biggest threats to the elusive cats.
Macedonia’s third and oldest National Park, Pelister, straddles the country’s southern border with Greece along the Baba Mountain (2.601 m) on an area of 12.500 ha. A unique feature is the Pelister Pine (Pinus peuce) or Molica, one out of two European autochthon pine species which origin dates back to tertiary times. Apart from smaller wildlife Brown bears, occasionally Wolves, Wild boar, Red Deer and Ibex inhabit the park.