Retezat Mountains are located in the western of the South Carpathians, being known by varied flora and myriad lakes.


Scientific reservation Gemenele - Tău Negru

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45.37047 N, 22.81594 E

An area of 1932 ha protected. A patch of land we pride on because it is one of the last unaffected primary forests in Europe, and here is also the only area of mixed ancient forest. Biologists could tell us about the importance of this, and the rescue workers and those working at the Laboratory House about the effort made to protect the area.

The border of the reservation, Photo: Florin Hălăștăuan Black lake, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe
Reservation to Judele, Photo: Cosmin Manci Scientific reservation Gemenele - Tău Negru, Retezat mountains·, Photo: Florin Hălăștăuan I'm from England, and I'm studying the plants, Photo: Călin Hodor Nature intact, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Gemenele lake, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Nature intact, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe

Because there are always courageous, who for a great adventure, do not take into account the boundary of the reservation, those plants that can disappear forever under the foot of the boot, or those frightened animals can even leave their offspring. Fortunately, there are many who know the value of such a reservation and that its boundaries must be respected! The scientific reserve was created in 1935 and included in the International Reservation Network through the biosphere program coordinated by UNESCO in 1979.

Campanula alpina, Photo: Călin Hodor Primula minima, Photo: Richard Hoffmann Nature intact, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe
Știrbu lake Pedicularis spec., Photo: Richard Hoffmann Edelweiss, Photo: Cosmin Manci Lilium martagon, Photo: Călin Hodor Clematis, Photo: Călin Hodor

The Gemenele - Tău Negru Scientific Reserve is under the direct management of the Romanian Academy, and in order to cross or visit it, a license issued by the Academy is required! It is a truly wild area, where many of the 1186 species of superior plants in Retezat live, living freely in their natural habitat, protected from the effects of civilization. Let's take care of them!

The royal eagle, Photo: Kerekes István AFIAP Richi fox, Photo: Cosmin Manci Știrbu lake, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Pinus cembra, Photo: Călin Hodor
Marmota, Photo: Cristina Foarfă Earthy Eagle, Photo: Călin Hodor Black goats, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Accipiter gentilis, Photo: Călin Hodor Crocus, Photo: Călin Hodor Aster, Photo: Călin Hodor

In the heart of the reserve at 1770 m altitude is the Laboratory House, built by the Romanian Academy, equipped with all the inventory necessary for the scientific researches. The name of those who have worked here is connected with some impressive achievements: The Institute of Forest Research and Development Bucharest has successfully studied the regeneration, conservation and extension to the alpine gully of the spruce forests, the afforestation of the frost holes, the biology and ecology of the shrub, the biology of the black goat, marmots and the popularity of alpine lakes with trout.

Gemenele lake, Photo: Harry Hirth Casa laborator, Photo: Harry Hirth Phyteuma spec., Photo: Richard Hoffmann
Rhododendron kotchii, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Rana temporaria, Photo: Călin Hodor Scientific reservation Gemenele - Tău Negru, Retezat mountains·, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Orhidee, Photo: Călin Hodor Viper, Photo: Călin Hodor

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