Our leaders


Mario is entomologists working in the Bulgarian Academy of Science. Besides being an expert in butterflies and insects, he is also one of the best herpetologists and excellent birder. He speaks Italian, English and Russian; and has a broad knowledge of the Bulgarian history. His expertise and easy going personality and sense of humor all contribute to the butterflies, birdwatching and reptiles and amphibians tour he leads.


Mitko is engineer in hydrology but his love of mountains made him one of the leading experts in hiking and trekking in Bulgaria. He has travelled widely around the Balkans, Caucasus, Middle East, North Africa and South America leading trekking tours. Mitko is also an excellent birder and during the last four years he is also leading birdwatching tours.


Boian is 27 years old and his passion for butterflies started when he was 14 years old teenager.  He has MC since 2005, and since 2006 he started his PhD on the Tortricidae family, in Sofia University, Biological Department. Beside his excellent knowledge on the butterflies, Boian is also very familiar with most of the moths.


Alex is one of the leading scientists in Bulgaria, working on the large carnivoresпїЅ conservation and has excellent knowledge about bears and wolves. He is currently leading a project for development of a Brown Bear Action Plan in Bulgaria and is also a leader of one of the most active Bulgarian NGO пїЅ пїЅBalkaniпїЅ Wildlife Society. Alex is married and lives in Sofia.


Bogdan is professional basketball player  while his hobby is the wildlife photography. He is however very professional in doing it and has an impressive portfolio of high quality images. As a sportsmen, he is very disciplined and task orientated,  but in the same time Bogdan takes a great care for the animal when he is photographing wildlife.


Daniel has more than 30 years of experience as ornithologist and conservationist. He has been guiding birding tours since 2012.In the last 6 years he was closely involved in the conservation of the wintering population of the Red-breasted Goose in North-eastern Bulgaria, responsible for the field conservation activities. Part of his tasks included the protection of the NATURA 2000 sites in the region. Other projects in which he has participated are studying the autumn migration of soaring birds along the western Black sea coast, establishing the NATURA 2000 network of protected areas in Bulgaria, studying raptor population in Kamtchiiska Mountain and others.Daniel holds masterпїЅs degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Thracian University in Stara Zagora. He has worked for almost 6 years in USA and has got a good experience with North American birds too.


Kostadin Valchev has a master degree from Wildlife Management Department of Forestry University Sofia. He has experience as a tour guide leading different tours in Bulgaria as well as abroad. Kostadin has been involved in biodiversity conservation, species conservation and protected areas management and designation for more than 15 year. Including monitoring, planning, problem solving, mapping and defining favourable conservation status of mammal species in Natura 2000 sites. Research & conservation of some species like: Balkan chamois, Brown Bear, Wolf, Capercaillie, etc. He knows well Bulgarian country side, especially mountainous areas


Yordan has always been interested in wildlife and became a keen birder while still in school. As a student he worked intensively as a volunteer for the return of Griffon vultures to Bulgaria.  His love of wetlands led him to work as manager of Srebarna Reserve, and then to restoration of wetlands along the Danube River. He has extensive knowledge about the nature of Bulgaria. He is one of the authors of the Atlas of Breeding Birds in Bulgaria and Atlas of the European dragonflies and damselflies. Yordan is a keen photographer and many of his images have been published. Yordan leads tourist groups from 10 years, in nature history, birdwatching, dragonflies and butterflies.


Dobromir is founder and owner of Wild Echo. He holds an MSc degree in economics and management from the Academy of Economics, Svishtov. Nevertheless, the love of birds and nature have been the actual reason for his involvement in their conservation and Dobromir is working on a number of environmental projects. His true wish is to make the local people believe that sustainable tourism is a real alternative to poverty and quick intensive depletion of natural resources in the beautiful countryside of Bulgaria.