In the Heart of the Balkans

The Heart of the Balkan is a vast nature reserve which shelters a rare and thrilling fauna. These two documentaries deal with the Dalmatian Pelican and the Balkan Lynx. 


The Pelicans' Lake belongs to the Prespa Park with its 2,500 square kilometers, representing the Blakans' first trans-border natural reserve. Since 2000, the three bordering states of the Small and the Big Prespa Lake - Albania, Macedonia and Greece have built up a cooperation on behalf of the Balkan Chamois, the Brown Bear and the Dalmatian Pelican.


Available Episodes:

  • The Pelicans of the Prespa Park
  • In Search of the Lynx



    The Pelicans' Lake belongs to the Prespa Park with its 2,500 square kilometers, representing the Blakans' first trans-border natural reserve. Since 2000, the three bordering states of the Small and the Big Prespa Lake - Albania, Macedonia and Greece have built up a cooperation on behalf of the Balkan Chamois, the Brown Bear and the Dalmatian Pelican. And it works: in 1980 less than 200 of these birds came to the lakes in order to breed and raise their offspring - now there are almost 3,000 of them coming to the world's biggest Dalmatian Pelican Colony. There are supposedly not more than 100 Balkan Lynx left, most of them living in the Macedonian forests. Macedonian scientists have now started field research in the Mavrovo National Park near to the Albanian border which is co-financed by the German EuroNatur foundation and KORA from Switzerland. The Macedonian biologist Gjorge Ivanov finally succeeded in finding a Balkan Lynx and his cameraman in shooting the first ever recording of one of these rare, living in the wild cats