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Protected species in the Eastern Rhodopes

1. Plants

So far, 1944 plant species have been found in the Eastern Rhodopes. Of them:

- 84 are included in Bulgaria’s Red Book

- 37 are Balkans endemites

- 22 are Bulgarian endemites

- the Verbascum juruk can only be found in the Eastern Rhodopes

 

2. Amphibians

10 amphibian species

- 1 is included in Bulgaria’s Red Book

- 3 species are included in the World Red List

 

3. Reptiles

27 reptile species

- 6 species are included in Bulgaria’s Red Book

- 3 species are included in the World Red List

 

4. Birds

278 bird species

- 77 species are included in Bulgaria’s Red Book

- 11 species are included in the World Red List

- 37 bird of prey species – all of those registered in Bulgaria are to be found here

 

5. Mammals

59 mammal species

- 5 species are included in Bulgaria’s Red Book

- 13 species are included in the World Red List

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