National park Rila: Fauna
The fauna of Rila NP is represented by a considerable number of vertebrates – 178 species, which are of national, European and global significance. These are: chamois (Rupicarpa rupicarpa balcanica), brown bear (Ursus arctos), marten (Martes martes), wolf (Canis lupus), wild cat (Felis silvestris), marbled polecat (Vormela peregusna peregusna), red deer (Cervus elaphus), deer (Capreolus capreolus), weasel (Martes foina), squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus). The bird life is also rich – 99 species. Aquila heliaca is listed in the Red list of globally endangered animal species. Aquila chrysaetos, Hieraaetus pennatus, Falco peregrinus, Bonasa bonasia, Tetrao urogallus, Dryocopos martius and Picoides trydactylus alpinus are some of the bird species of highest value. Triaturus alpestris is characteristic representative of Amphibia. There are more than 2934 unique invertebrate species typical of the alpine belt.
The park is a safe shelter for plant and animal species of national, European and global significance as well as their wild habitats that we should keep for the after generations.