Wildlife Watching Lodge-Huts Launched For the First Time in Armenia

Hetq informs that several wildlife watching huts were opened on October 18 in the Vayots Dzor settlements of Shatin and Chiva. The huts are housed in orchards where you can observe variouswildlife, including brown bears, bezoar ibex, wild boar, foxes and hares.

The lodge-huts are used for the first time in Armenia to monitor wildlife, especially large mammals. It not only promotes ecotourism but also helps mitigate the human-wildlife conflict. Bears regularly visit these villages, raiding the fruit orchards. Thus, local residents have a negative view of the bears. The installation of lodge-huts in orchards enables the owners of houses to gain extra profit from the visitors and to highlight the preservation of wild animals.

The huts are modestly furnished (beds, chairs, table), and can accommodate two-three persons. They have internet access and limited electricity, which is solar powered.  

The lodge-huts were built within the framework of the “Wildlife Observation and Development of Related Ecosystem Services in Vayots Dzor Region” project implemented by the Armenian Association of Biologists NGO.

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