Our Tour Leaders

Our tour leaders are local experts that are more than familiar with the places to be visited. They are wildlife enthusiasts always ready to answer your questions and show you all the peculiarities the areas can offer.

Dimiter Georgiev : Managing director and tour leader

Dimiter Georgiev

Managing director and tour leader

Dimiter lives in the city of Varna on the northern Bulgarian Black Sea coast. He has graduated in forestry, completing his Master's thesis on the conservation of birds and habitats of the Kamchia flooded forests - the biggest riverine forest complex along the Bulgarian coast.

Dimiter has worked on various projects focusing on the studying and conservation of Bulgarian birds, like the monitoring and conservation of the wintering Red-breasted Geese in Coastal Dobroudzha, studying the autumn migration along the Via Pontica Flyway, establishing the Nature 2000 areas network in Bulgaria.

Having led a big number of birdwatching and natural history tours, Dimiter has accumulated a great knowledge and experience and can help you find and explore the best birding places in Bulgaria. He believes that the environment friendly tourism will greatly contribute to improving the life of local people and will raise their awareness to wildlife and nature conservation.

Mladen Vasilev : Tour leader and wildlife photographer

Mladen Vasilev

Tour leader and wildlife photographer

Mladen has graduated from the Shumen University with major Ecology and Environmental Protection. He has been always interested in birds and nature and has participated in many scientific and nature conservation projects, focusing on the Red-breasted Goose and Egyptian Vulture conservation, Natura 2000 network establishment in Bulgaria and many others.

Mladen is also a member of the Maine Audubon Society (Maine, USA) and has guided birding trips in Maine, USA during the summer seasons of 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Mladen is very keen on wildlife photography and has published many photos of birds in Bulgarian and European magazines. He has been guiding birdwatching, natural history and wildlife photography trips for Neophron Tours since 2005.

 

Simeon Gigov : Tour leader

Simeon Gigov

Tour leader

Simeon is an experienced ecologist, ornithologist and leader of birdwatching and natural history tours. He is also a dedicated conservationist and has participated in numerous ornithological studies and conservation projects, such as the establishing of the ecological network Natura 2000 in northwestern Bulgaria, monitoring of the wintering population of the Red-breasted Goose in Bulgaria, mid-winter waterfowl counts, monitoring of common bird species in Bulgaria and others. With his experience and expertise Simeon has contributed to numerous scientific publications with practical conservation focus.

Simeon has a bachelor degree in tourism management and interest in wildlife photography, trekking and sports.

Being a very skillful birder with great conservation and natural history knowledge, Simeon is extremely popular with our special interest customers. He has a long-term guiding experience with Neophron Tours and has also spent two summers in Denali National Park in Alaska.

Minko Madzharov : Tour leader

Minko Madzharov

Tour leader

Minko is one of the youngest and most enthusiastic members of our team. He has finished his education at Sofia University with major Biology. Being a member of different wildlife and nature conservation organizations in Bulgaria, he has worked on a number of projects, such as Red-breasted Goose Conservation, Monitoring of the Autumn Migration of the Soaring Birds, Saker Falcon Conservation Project and many others.

Minko is also very interested in marine birds biology and conservation and studies the European Shag and the Yelkouan Shearwater along the Bulgarian Black-sea coast. He speaks German and English.

Ivaylo Angelov : Tour leader

Ivaylo Angelov

Tour leader

Ivaylo (Ivo)  has a lifelong passion for wild animals and especially for birds of prey. He has graduated from Sofia University with MSc in zoology of vertebrates. In the last nearly 19 years, he has been actively involved in field coordination work on various nature-conservation projects in Bulgaria, especially on vultures and eagles, but also White Stork and Balkan Chamois. He has been on ornithological research expeditions for Egyptian Vulture in Ethiopia, Sudan, Oman and Turkey, while Saker Falcon and Imperial Eagle research has led him to countries like China and Turkey again.

Since 2012, with his wife (also a biologist) and their two small children, he lives in a small village situated in the heart of the Eastern Rhodopes – a true nature, birds and raptor paradise. Ivaylo is also interested in sustainable living, history, travelling, hiking, philosophy, parenting, education, human resources, garden design.

Asen Ignatov : Tour leader and wildlife artist

Asen Ignatov

Tour leader and wildlife artist

Assen is one of the most popular wildlife guides in Bulgaria. He holds a MSc in biology and zoology and currently works at the National Natural History Museum.

Apart from his scientific background, Assen is also an excellent wildlife photographer and artist with numerous exhibitions in art galleries in the country and abroad. His watercolor drawings and paintings are featured in various books, magazines and other publications, among which the Bulgarian edition of the National Geographic. His many awards include the Birdwatch Artist of the Year 2002.

Assen leads birdwatching, butterfly, natural history, wildlife art and photography tours. Because of his knowledge, preciseness and attentive nature the tours he guides are really delightful.

Mihaela Yordanova : Tour leader

Mihaela Yordanova

Tour leader

Mihaela is a botanist, currently working on her PhD at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Besides leading botanical, natural history and trekking tours, Michaela is an active conservationist. Since 1996 she has taken part in different biodiversity projects and is popular with quite a number of the Bulgarian nature conservation NGOs.

Michaela's professional skills, inquisitive nature and charming personality are a promise for an excellent tour. Michaela is fluent in German and English.

Vladimir Trifonov : Tour leader

Vladimir Trifonov

Tour leader

Vladimir has master's degree in ecology, with thesis in the field of botany and environmental protection. He is guiding many of Neophron Tours’ botanical trips.

Over the last 10 years Vladimir has been involved in the monitoring of vascular plants in the Eastern Rhodope region, in the mapping of habitats of European importance in the NATURA 2000 areas, in research, conservation and monitoring of the Griffon Vulture and the Imperial Eagle. He has participated in the process of designation of new protected areas, as well as in numerous projects related to exploration, conservation and biodiversity monitoring. Author of the action plan for the endemic Rhodope lily (Lilium rhodopaeum).

Vladimir lives in Haskovo (southern Bulgaria); His priorities include rare plant species and natural habitats monitoring and conservation.

Since 2003 he has been working for the Ministry of Environment and Water - Regional Inspectorate - Haskovo, where he is responsible for the conservation of protected plant and animal species, protected areas, building the network of protected areas Natura 2000, the national biodiversity monitoring system and others.

Vladimir Petrov : Tour leader

Vladimir Petrov

Tour leader

Vladimir is guiding Neophron Tours’ birding and natural history tours. He has graduated in major ecology and environmental protection from Sofia University. His master’s thesis is in hydro-biology and aqua cultures.

Vladimir has been a part of different conservation and scientific projects, mainly ornithological: mapping of nesting birds, research of bird populations in abandoned farmlands, reintroduction of the Red-footed Falcon, mid-winter waterfowl counts, wintering Red-breasted Geese surveys, migration surveys etc. He has also spent a mount ringing alpine birds in Picos de Europa National Park, Spain.

Vladimir has some experience with mammal and reptile research too: Marbled and Steppe Polecats, bat counts and ringing, general monitoring of mammalian wildlife, collecting DNA samples from Nose-horned Vipers, etc.

His hobbies include hiking, kayaking, speleology and fish keeping.

Daniel Mitev : Tour leader

Daniel Mitev

Tour leader

Daniel has more than 30 years of experience as ornithologist and conservationist. He has been guiding birding tours since 2012.

In the last 6 years he was closely involved in the conservation of the wintering population of the Red-breasted Goose in North-eastern Bulgaria, responsible for the field conservation activities. Part of his tasks included the protection of the NATURA 2000 sites in the region. Other projects in which he has participated are studying the autumn migration of soaring birds along the western Black sea coast, establishing the NATURA 2000 network of protected areas in Bulgaria, studying raptor population in Kamtchiiska Mountain and others.

Daniel holds master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Thracian University in Stara Zagora. He has worked for almost 6 years in USA and has got a good experience with North American birds too.