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20/12/2019 New case of African swine fever in Central Balkan National Park

Due to a third identified case of the disease African swine fever has begun the implementation of measures for the prevention and eradication of the disease

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13/12/2019 The observation tower on the Tsarichina Ecotrail is closed

Due to the deterioration of the technical condition and the possible threat to the life and health of the visitors of the Central Balkan National Park the use of the observation tower in the area of Shalya Peak (part of the Tsarichina ecotrail) is temporarily suspended.

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12/12/2019 Second case: measures taken in the National Park due to the African swine fever presence

Due to a second identified case of the disease African swine fever has begun the implementation of measures for the prevention and eradication of the disease

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03/12/2019 Measures taken in the National Park due to the African swine fever presence

With an Order of the Director of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate, within the affected from the disease African swine fever areas (subarea A) has begun the implementation of measures for the prevention and eradication of the disease.

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11/11/2019 National student competition "Ambassadors for Health"

National student competition "Ambassadors for Health" for projects, aimed at the restriction of smoking, alcohol abuse, healthy eating, and exercising.

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25/10/2019 Park employees and children from the SOS Children's Villages set up bird feeders

The event was part of a donation campaign by Raiffeisenbank for placing feeders and birdhouses in schools and kindergartens within the Central Balkan Biosphere reserve.

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11/10/2019 The Ministry of Environment and Water announces a photo competition.

The Ministry of Environment and Water announces a photo competition with the theme "I love the Nature in four seasons".

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The peak of Maragidik

ABOUT THE MARAGIDIK PEAK
The peak of Maragidik – the beautiful Mara (in Turkish) – is indeed one of the most beautiful peaks of Central Stara Planina. It remains away of the main crest, but is high (1889 m) and visible from the whole northern outskirts of the mountain East of the Beklemeto Pass.
. The peak is connected to different myths and legends. One of them tells of a brave Bulgarian woman from the region who threw herself into the abyss to escape the desecration of the enslavers. Another legend is about the pretty and capricious girl Mara who promised to marry the one who would carry her all the way up the mountain to the peak. There was a brave young man who managed to do that but after he reached the mountain top he died of exhaustion. A third legend about this interesting mountain peak is connected to the name of the sister of Krali Marko. One of the most interesting legends though is connected to the sister of Tzar Ivan Shishman – princess Mara. She was promised as a wife of Sultan Mourad. On her way to Odrin she crossed that region. She wished to take a look at her mother country from the mountain peak, so she climbed it and grieving of her enslaved homeland started crying. Her pure tears gave birth to the Tuja river and also name of the mountain peak and the pass east of it – Maragidik (Marin pass). The peak is on the western boundary of Severen Dzhendem reserve and offers beautiful panorama to that site. West of the peak is the saddle through which the Russaliiski Pass crosses from Northern to Southern Bulgaria.
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