(ANIMAL TOURISM) Are you planning a vacation in Europe? Whether you want to stay in the city or go hiking in the Alps, Europe has a lot to offer the animal lover. Before you book your tickets, check out this list of the best places to see and learn about the diverse animals in the wild and in sanctuaries. From bears to swans, these animal tourism spots are sure to fascinate. Travelling to the United Kingdom? Check out animal tourism in the U.K. by clicking here. — Global Animal
Bears Wood (BÄRENWALD) started in 1996 when three bears who were kept as tourist attractions and pets needed a new home. A group of animal activists set up a new home for them as close as possible to their natural setting. In Austria bears were wiped out in 1842 and returned in recent years by crossing borders and reintroduction. Bears Wood Arbesbach is working to ban having bears in private collections. They estimate 25 bears live in the wild in Austria and 50 in captivity, 30 of which are in poor conditions.
Schonfeld 18, 3925 Arbesbach, Austria, 028 13 / 76 04
Antwerp’s Stadspark is overrun with feral bunnies. They romp and breed in this small Belgian park like some sort of stand-in for squirrels. The rabbits are pretty colors and clearly dumped pets–or their offspring.
Belgium’s North Sea park Het Zwin has breeding storks and other birds. The project Storks Without Borders (Ooievaars zonder Grenzen) encourages and tracks the nests here and at nearby Plankendael zoo. Zwin (Knokke-Heist) white stork(Ciconia ciconia)nests have shrunk but those near Mechelen have increased.
Bear Safari Raatteen Petobongaus
In Eastern Finland near the Russian border you can go out on an overnight bear safari at Raatteen Petobongaus, which has a viewing cabin. Summer only. Finland has 1,000 brown bear.
Raatteentie 73, 89800 Suomussalmi kk, +358 (0)40 8434 645 [email protected]
Salamajärvi National Park
Salamajärvi National Park is in a largely uninhabitated, swampy area. Wild Forest Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus fennicus) were reintroduced in 1970 and now there’s 1,000. Moose are more common; 264,000 live in Finland.
Kainuu Flying Squirrel
Finland and Estonia have Europe’s only flying squirrel population. According to Wild Taigi, there are few of them in Kuhmo, but lots in Kainuu and you can even arrange a tour.
Karelian Bear and Wolverine
You can stay overnight in a wildlife viewing cabin in Kolin Loma. You’ll be hoping to see brown bear and wolverine among the Karelian nature.
+358 (0)50 349 6009 www.kareliaexpert.fi
Rambouillet Animal Park
Just a half hour’s train ride from Paris, l’Espace animalier (Animal Park) de Rambouillet lets you see wild boar (sanglier), red deer (cerfs), eagles (aigles) and other native animals in close to natural conditions.
Paris moms take their kids here to learn about nature. There are regularly scheduled falconry shows and a canopy walk (l’Odyssée Verte).
ESPACE RAMBOUILLET, Route du Coin du Bois, 78120 Sonchamp, France, 01 34 83 05 00
Bisons of Europe
Bison Europe is working to keep the last remaining wisent (the smaller European species of bison) alive. The last wild stock was in the Polish forest of Bialowieza. Since 1922 biologists have breeding them so they don’t go extinct. A foot and mouth outbreak showed the danger of keeping them in one spot. So Bison Europe started in 1991.
Now you can see them on foot or by a sled or wagon pulled by horses. The bison-keepers admire the understanding between bison and horses, so they think it’s a great way for people to respectfully visit the bison.
48120 SAINTE-EULALIE-EN-MARGERIDE (Lozere)
Center for the Reintroduction of Storks and Otters
The gorgeous village of Hunawihr host a center for reintroducing storks, the icon of Alcase. The 12-acre site is also working on otters. It’s nextdoor to a botanical garden that has a butterfly garden. Hunawihr is on the Alsace Wine Route
Centre de Réintroduction des Cigognes,Route Ribeauvillé, 68150 Hunawihr, France
03 89 73 72 62
Camargue Wild Horses
Camargue, a French regional park on the Mediterranean, is one of the best wildlife spots in Europe. It is home to the Camargue Horse and one of the few places in Europe you can see pink flamingos. This special breed of small horse may be descended from Solutre horses 17,000 year ago. About 30 herds roam the area.
Wolves of Gevaudan
The Parc des Goups du Gévaudan started as one journalist’s dream to save wolves in the 60s. Now 130 wolves of various species from around the world live here and 100,000 people a year visit to catch a glimpse.
Sainte Lucie, 48100 Saint Léger de Peyre, France, 04 66 32 09 22
Several packs of European gray wolves roam acres of land. Les Loups de Chabrières was set up to educate the public about wolves and repair their image. You see them in the almost-wild from behind a giant wall with windows.
Parc Animalier des monts de Guéret 23000 Gueret 05 55 81 23 23
Temps du Loop
Wolves returned naturally to France in 1992. This center gets people used to the idea and the conflicts surrounding the wolf. There are programs about what shepherds think and captive wolf packs to see.
Alpha – le Temps du Loup, Le Boréon, Saint-Martin-Vésubie, France, 04 93 02 33 69
Vanoise National Park – France
Vanoise National Park has 2,000 alpine ibex (the most of anywhere in France), chamois living up in the mountains, and beareded vultures, which are making a comeback.
Parc National de la Vanoise, 135 rue du Dr Julliand, BP 705, 73007 Chambéry, France
Monkey Mountain – La Montagne Des Singes
300 Barbary Macaques from around the world live on Monkey Mountain, a favorite place to visit for French children.
Since it started the park has reintroduced 600 monkeys back to the wild in Morocco, where they are endangered.
La Montagne Des Singes, Wick, 67600 Kintzheim, France 03 88 92 11 09
Camargue – France – Flamingos
Carmague, a French park on the Mediterranean, is one of the best wildlife spots in France. It’s one of just a handful of places in Europe to see flamingos and it also has wild horses.
City of Insects
La Cite des Insectes lets you see a huge variety of insects inside (dead, mounted) and outside in the garden (alive, roaming). They also raise bees.
Chaud, 87120 Nedde, France, 05 55 04 02 55
Flying of the Eagles near Kintzheim was France’s first raptor park when it started in 1968. That’s when we first started realizing the crisis of reduced populations of raptors everywhere–due to both pollutants like DDT and centuries-old prejudices against hunting birds.
This park lets you see eagles very close up in flying shows and reintroduces raptors to the wild.
They have assembled HUGE collection of eagles, vultures, condors from around the world. Check out the Vautour de Pondichéry or the African Eagle. They have a lot of birds you won’t see at U.S. raptor centers.Château de Kintzheim
67600 KINTZHEIM (+33)3 88 92 84 33
Donkeys Wearing Trousers
The donkeys on l’île de Ré in coastal France used to wear trousers for practical reasons: to keep the mosquitos and sea salt off their legs.
Now les ânes en culotte is bringing back the fashion and, they hope, the donkey, whose presence is dwindling.
Mercantour National Park has wolves (Le loup), ibex, marmots, wild sheep (le mouflons), chamois, rabbits, fox (Le renard) and Red Deer (Le Cerf). Many species have been reintroduced here. The Chamois lately are catching a nasty eye infection.
Vulture Lookout – France
The Vulture Lookout (Le Belvédère des vautours) gives you a great vantage point to see vultures soar in gorges over a river. If you’re lucky you may also see the beavers, otters and herons that live there, too. A museum explains how vultures were almost wiped out and the work to bring them back. There are also plenty of birding tours in the area.
48150 Saint Pierre des Tripiers, Lozère – France
33 5 65 62 69 69
Wadden Sea Seals
Seals calve in the Wadden sea in June and July. About 6,00 seals live in Saxony’s Wadden Sea and another 16,000 in the North Sea.
The seal station takes in seal pups separated from their mothers and has boat tours to see the wild seals.
Seehundstation Friedrichskoog An der Seeschleuse 4 25718 Friedrichskoog, Germany 04854 1372
Bats have been hanging out near the Spandau Citadel in Berlin for centuries.
049 30 3675 00 61 13599 Berlin, Germany
Alternative Bear Park
The Alternative Bear Park outside Worbis, Germany, is where abused and neglected bears get to live out their life in semi-natural surroundings. The park was once a horrible, squalid zoo where bears would be bred to produce cute cubs, then eaten. Real animal caretakers took over in the mid-90s. Now it’s an educational center, too.
Duderstädter Straße 36, 37339 Leinefelde, Germany
Every year for centuries Hamburg moves its 120-some swans to a nice winter pond where they keep the ice from freezing.You can also rent a duck or swan boat to go out on the pond and river in nice weather. In summer you can see the swans all around Hamburg.
Species Protection Center
Artenschutzzentrum Thüringen lets you see native animals and fish. They have a special project with wisent (European bison) with a small pasture with 3 animals that they hope to expand.
Am Preissnitzberg 5, 07389 Ranis, Germany
Blumberger Mill (Blumberger Mühle) is part of an extensive network of wildlife facilities run by NABU (Federal Nature Conservation Germany). The big attraction here are the beaver ponds. The site also has the biggest facility for European pond turtles in the country.
Bonus species: eagles and frogs
20 Hauptstraße 38542 Leiferde, Germany
Guest House with Squirrels
The To Post Guesthouse (Zur Post Gasthof) has a large squirrel facility out back with five species of squirrels, including the cute, red European kind with the giant tufts of hair on its ears. Roland Jr. Haase has been breeding them for 20 years.
Rathausweg 5, 93470 Lohberg
Luisenpark has the biggest colony of white storks of any city in Germany: 900 birds and 30 breeding pairs. They nest throughout this park and can also be seen on the stork webcam. The park was started as something of a private zoo in 1892, destroyed in the war and reopened as a mix of park and zoo in 1958. The park has an eclectic mix of animals, including penguins, otter, owl, mongoose (zebramanguste) and flamingos.
5 €, Theodor-Heuss-Anlage 2, 68165 Mannheim, Germany
The Saarbrucken Wildpark is a fun mix of native wild animals like wild boar, fallow deer, red deer and wisent, along with some domestic species like goats. The wisent (Bison bonsasus a smaller, endangered European version of the bison) are breeding and there are young ones.
Die Wildpark in Saarbrucken started in 1929 and was recently updated. It’s free, you can feed the animals or just go for a long walk in the pleasant woods.
Germans tend to think of wildparks as for kids, but Americans will be fascinated.
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 49, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
The Neanderthal Wildpark (Wildhedge Neandertal) recreates the landscape that neanderthal humans would have experienced in Europe 30.000 years ago.
Wisent (bison), tarpan (wild horse) and auroch (primitive cattle) roam.
The tarpan is the original wild horse that they’ve tried to breed backwards using Przwalski horses with Icelandic ponies and Swedish Gotlands.
About 20 of the 200 existing auroch or Heck cattle live here.
0049 – 2104 – 139 155 , Thekhauser Quall, 40699 Erkrath, Germany
Freisen Wildpark – Germany
Freisen Wildpark in Saarland has shows of eagles and hawks, a couple moose and other native animals. They’re closed in the winter for hibernation. Fam. Broszeit
66629 Freisen, Tel.: (0 68 55) 63 65 und 99 64 63
Werner Freund has been studyingand breeding wolves in Saarland for 30 years. You can visit his Wolfspark, right outside Merzig on days that he is open and see wolves from around the world.
Directions Waldstraße, Merzig, Germany
Wildpark Schorfheide is one of the few that have moose, which are known as European elk or elch. They also have Przewalski’s Horse, Koniks, heck cattle (auloch) and red and fallow deer and wild boar. € 3.50, Prenzlauer Straße 16, 16244 Schorfheide, Germany
Octalis World of Bats
Octalis World of Bats hopes to instill sympathy and understanding for bats by letting people see them up close in a 4-story facility and limestone bat cave.
Closed in winter for hibernation.
Oberbergstraße 27, 23795 Bad Segeberg, Germany
The Esel Park or Donkey Farm in Blekendorf, Germany, lets you see and ride the donkeys raised and bred here by the August family since 1973.
Wiesengrund 3, 24327 Blekendorf, Germany
The Nature and Environement Park (NUB – Natur- und Umweltpark) in Gustrow has a 3-acre pen for two black bear brothers, a pack of 9 wolves (which you can see fed at night), and assorted native animals in large pens, including red squirrels, owls, raccoons and wild boar.
Güstrow) Verbindungschaussee 8, 18273 Güstrow, Germany
Seeg Camel Farm
At Kamelfarm Allgäu, you can look at the camels for €5 who live in Bavaria or even take them on a trek in the Alps for €55. The farm has about 50 camels and has been open since 2005, according to zoo-infos.de.
Hack ,87637 Seeg 0 83 69-91 06 40
Greece is the main country with sea turtles in Europe and Rethymnon has most of them. Crete says that in a recent survey 385 nests were found on just 10 km of Rethymnon beach, about four to five times the density of Chania or Messara Bay. You can volunteer for the group Archelon here or in a turtle hospital in Athens.
The only sea turtles found in Europe are in Greece and Cyprus, euroturtle says. Loggerheads nest in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus while Green Turtles are mostly in Turkey and Cyprus. Katelois is one of the big nesting areas; a foundation has set up and environmental center that has volunteers patrol the beaches. So far they just recommend onlookers stay off the beach at night.
A biologist leads an educational trip through Responsible Travel to study sperm whales and the giant squid they eat.
Season: May, September
Species Seen: sperm whales
Bonus species: giant squid; common, bottlenose and striped dolphin
Zakynthos, Greece, is the 6th Ionian Island, gets mentioned in The Odyessy and is home to the Mediterranean monk seal, the most endangered animal in Europe and the rarest marine mammal. Thanks to hunting and fishermen killing them there are only 350-500 left and their population is disconnected. Bonus species: loggerhead sea turtles.
Reykjavík, Iceland, has so many whale watching boats you can pretty much turn up in the harbor to find one. They have 95% success. Some are fishermen when they aren’t taking you out. Many are tiny boats, so be prepared for sea sickness.
Species Seen: minke, blue, humpback whales, sei, fin and killer whales
Bonus Species: Puffin, white-beaked dolphin, porpoise
Elding – Reykjavík Whale Watching
Húsavík, Iceland, considers itself the whale capitol of Europe.
The Húsavík Whale Museum is, predictably, pro-whaling.
Gentle Giants Whale Watching
Species seen: Killer, Blue, Minke, Dolphin
If Iceland itself weren’t remote enough, go to its most difficult to reach part that reaches into the Arctic Circle, far away from the road that rings the country.
Vestmannaeyjar, an island south of Iceland, is a puffin paradise. Every May puffins return here to mate and nest. Then in August the babies often get bedazzled by the city lights and fly into town, where the children of Heimaey make a practice of collecting them in boxes and rescuing them.
About 8-10 million Atlantic puffins live in Iceland, about half the world population.
You can also try cliffs of Látrabjarg on the mainland or the islands of Breiðafjörður and Lundey ( Puffin Island), which is just miles from Reykjavik. And if you go on a whale watch, you’re likely to see them swimming. Icelanders regularly eat puffins–except those in Hornbjarg and in the Natural Reserve Park of Hornstrandir.
Italian Unicorn at Center for Natural Science
The Centro di Scienze Naturali (Center for Natural Science) outside Prato, Italy has a roe deer nicknamed Unicorn. Unicorn has a single stalk antler in the middle of his head.
Via di Galceti, 74, 59100 Prato PO, Italy
Majella National Park, Italy
Italy has Italian wolves (Canis lupus italicus) from nearly top to bottom, but just not that many of them. Majella National Park (Parco Nazionale Della Majella) is one place you might see them.
Some local guides offer tours to see wolves (in spring) and other wildlife, which includes chamois.
Parco Nazionale Della Majella 1, Piazza Alberto Duval, Campo Di Giove, AQ 0864 40 851
THE NETHERLANDS / HOLLAND
Near Amsterdam the Oostvaardersplassen is a nature park with roaming wild horses called Koniks and primitive cattle known as Heck Cattle.
On Flickr Astrid Van Wesenbeeck writes: “I particulairly love the small group of Konik horses that lives in the hiking area. You can approach them easily, sit between them and if you pretend to ignore them, they will ignore you and do all the things wild horses do”
Koniks of Arnhem, Netherlands
Europe has wild horses, too. In The Netherlands, these half wild horses are called ‘Koniks’ and live in nature reserves near rivers, reports Martin Werker. live in cattles in nature reserves, often in the fore-lands of rivers.
The Ennemborg Estate has a herd of about 40 Koniks on 170 hectares. They are doing so well that they continually donate the primitive horses to other parks throughout Europe. Harry Harms documents their antics, including eating the bark off trees when hungry.
Lauwersmeer National Park
Lauwersmeer National Park started in 1969 when a dike was built between a lake and the sea on the Groningen-Frisian border.
Gwendolen Tee has taken some incredible pictures of their koniks, and their bi-colored manes flowing, running along the shore.
Bonus species: traditional landrace cows, spoonbill, harrier
Rucava, Latvia, is working with ARK (an environmental group with a focus on changing landscapes) on anexperiment to let a herd of Koniks roam Latvia. After the fall of communism, many fields overgrew into forests; they needed grazing herds to keep a varied landscape.
ARK’s Jan van der Veen acts as a tour guide and the group can set you up to stay with locals.
Spitsbergen is halfway to the arctic circle from Tromsø, another Nordic city so far north you’ve never heard of it. Polar bears range outside the town on the Svalbard archipelago. There are regular flights from Oslo and plenty of cruises.
Whales seen: Beluga
Bonus Species: Polar Bear, Walrus
This northern outpost of Norway, Andoy, has boat safaris to see seals and sperm whale and you’ll also get to see the northern lights. The seal safari leaves from Stave and goes to the Ramsar wetlands reserve, where the environmental convention was signed. The Dolphin Fund says the seal safari is sometimes reckless.
You can see killer whales from the land in Tysfjord, Norway, according to the Complete Whale-Watching Handbook. The orcas are here for the herring, which some have noticed is declining in recent years. The tours, which go out in winter and even offer snorkeling, are expensive, nearly $200.
Bialowieza Forest – Bison, Horses–Poland, Belarus
The ancient Bialowieza Forest is the only place where wild horses and bison managed to survive in Europe. Descendants of the Tarpans became the Koniks, seen in wildlife ranges across the continent.
One of the two subspecies of the European bison (bison bison bonasus) got help surviving: from the 16th century this has been some kind of reserve for hunting by Polish and Russian royalty. Only 17 bison survived WWII, all on the Polish side.
The forest now straddles the Poland-Belarus border, with a park on each side. You need a guide to visit the Polish side and the park offers rooms for about $50 a night.
Poland: Bialowieza National Park Białowieskim Parku Narodowym
Belarus: Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Roztocze National Park – Konik Breeding Center
Poland’s Roztocze National Park (Roztoczański Park Narodowy) has a breeding population of Koniks.
For centuries this area had been the zoo-like Zamoyski Estate, but it fell apart and the animals were set free in the 1800s. It was first reopened as a nature preserve in 1934 and grew into a national park.
When the European native horse the Tarpan went extinct, Tadeusz Vetulani basically brought it back through selective breeding of hybrids in Poland.Education and Museum Centre of the Roztocze National Park
ul. Pla¿owa 3, 22-470 Zwierzyniec, (084) 687 22 86
A large number of private and government farms raise Konik horses around Sieraków, Poland. This is where the primitive Tarpan horses were first distributed to peasants, who cross-bred them with other horses. Later they were collected to recreate the species at abreeding center that’s been around for 180 years.
The agriculture department says Polish konik is bred in Sieraków, Dobrzyniewo and Tulce (Kobylniki), where the total of 90 mares are held.
Sperm whales are the big attraction in the Azores. Boats leave from São Miguel and other islands.
Species seen: sperm, pilot, killer and Sowerby’s beaked whales
Bonus Species: Risso, Atlantic Spotted and Striped dolphins
Responsible Travel Package
Carpathian Mountains, Romania
Europe’s biggest wolf population lives in Romania. About 3,000 wolves live in the Carpathian Mountains, according to the NWF.
Responsible Travel offers a trip by locals through to see wolves, lynx and bear. You may also find them–or at least hear them at night–in Piatra Craiului National Park (Parcul Naţional Piatra Craiulu)
Moscow Losiny Ostrov “Elk Island” National Park
Losiny Ostrov “Elk Island” National Park (Национальный парк “Лосиный Остров”) in Moscow was named after European elk (moose) and also has red deer (elk), the Moscow News reports.
Bonus species: wild boar, red squirrel (especially in Tsaritsyno near Orekhovo metro station where dogs are banned. Also try Kuzminki, Izmailovsky and Pokrovsko-Streshnevo parks) and beaver (the marsh area near Mytischi)
Kostroma Moose Farm
The Kostroma Moose Farm (ЛОСИНАЯ ФЕРМА) is trying to prove that moose can thrive as domestic animals–as long as they are allowed to roam free part of the year. Russians have been experimenting with using moose as military animals and livestock for ages. This farm started in 1963 and has had many missions and government bosses. The current purpose is quite gentle: the moose are milked, studied and let wander, tracked by GPS. Tourists can visit in the summer, when they aren’t a danger to vulnerable calves. Guided tours are about $5. (+7 4942) 35 94 33 It’s less than 200 miles from Moscow.
Vlodni Island, Russia
100 wild horses live on a 12km -long island called Vodny (or Vodnii or Водный) in the Ostrovnoy section of the zapovednik of Lake Manych-Gudilo.
he island is part of the Rostovsky Zapovednik Nature Preserve, in the Rostov Province.
Local farmers used to let their horses roam onto what used to be a peninsula. After a 1953 dam it became an island. The farmers kept retrieving their horses, but the horses kept going back to their island paradise. These are Don horses (Equus caballus).
The island is a big migratory bird route.
Bonus species: Rare Eastern white pelicans (Pelecanus crispus)
Dalmatian pelicans (P. onocrotalus) endangered Demoiselle cranes (Anthropoides virgo)
Solovetsky Island, Russia
Solovetsky Island, near Finland, may be the best place in the world to see beluga whales. These are the white whales that seem to grin and live mainly in the arctic. They visit the White Sea in summer. The Karelian area also has old gulags.
Gibraltar Monkeys – Apes’ Den
Gibraltar has 230 apes (really Barbary macaque monkeys, (Macaca Sylvanus) and no one really knows how they got there. Did British sailors bring them over? Did they crawl through a tunnel from Africa?
They are the top tourist draw for Gibraltar and live in 6 groups. The most popular is the friendly Queen’s Gate bunch that lives near Ape’s Den.
The British took care of them, with Winston Churchill restocking the dwindling (just 7) population after WWII. They believed that the UK would rule Gibraltar as long as the monkeys lived there.
Now the Gibraltar Orrnithological and Natural History Society (GONHS) provides them with food, water and medical care.
This group of monkeys is why you can find macques at parks that feature only native animals thorughout Europe.
Doñana National Park – Iberian Lynx
Doñana National Park (Parque Nacional de Doñana) in southern Spain is one of the last hold-outs of the Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardina), the most endangered wild cat in the world. There are only 100-200 left. There are captive breeding facilities in Spain and just recently in Portugal, too. You probably won’t be able to see one in the wild but Donata National Park is the big stronghold.
Feral camels once roamed here, but haven’t been seen since the 70s.
Coto Doñana also gets migrating flamingoes and imperial eagles.
Park officials recommend various guides and trails to see much of the park.
Pyrénées National Park
The Pyrenees National Park is the last hold-out for many species that otherwise would’ve been wiped out in Europe. Right on the border with Spain, the park holds the last six Pyrenean bear (Oso (spanish) or L’ours). The Isard, (Pyrenean chamois) has recovered a bit. The Egyptian vulture visits in summer.
Barcelona Red Squirrels
The red squirrels of Palau Reial de Pedralbes Park in Barcelona are usually shy, writes Iberia Nature, but they come down from the trees in late afternoon.
Palau Reial de Pedralbes, Avinguda Diagonal 686, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
Tarifa, Spain – Whale & Dolphin Watching
Gibraltar gets all the glory, but Tarifa is really the southern land’s end for Spain.
Tumares has boats that go into the Straight of Gibraltar to see
Calle del Alcalde Juan Núñez, 3
11380 Tarifa, Spain
Two hours from Stockholm, you can stay in Sweden’s “most primitive hotel,” kind of a bark hut for about $50. Sweden has the densest moose population in the world and this area, Bergslagen, has so many there’s a moose guarantee.
Tours also offers to hear wolves and see lynx and beaver. The nighttime beaver canoe tour is one of the few worldwide.
in the 73030 Köping, Sweden
The Swedish island of Gotland is home to the only native horse of Sweden, the Gotland pony or Russ. But as farmers divided up the land and sold the wild horses to work in mines on the continent, their population fell from 11,500 in 1886 to just 30 in 1930.
After protection and careful breeding (and winter feeding) the herd roams in the 600 hectacre Lojsta moor.
Bonus species: Gute sheep
The falconry program in Galina lets you not only see a golden eagle or hawk doing acrobatics, but also to try your own hand at falconry by going for a walk with one after a lesson from falconer Norman Vögeli.
Falknerei Galina Susanne + Norman Vögeli, FL-9497 Malbun-Triesenberg, Tel. 00423 263 3424
Albisstrasse 4, 8135 Langnau am Albis, Switzerland
Wildpark Roggenhausen is run by the local community who want to enjoy the local woods and animals. They have red, fallow and axis deer, pine martens,
moulfon, marmots and wild boar.
Roggenhausenweg, 5000 Aarau
Askania-Nova Nature Center
Askania-Nova Nature Center has the biggest population of Przewalski’s Horse in the world. German settler Friedrich Falz-Fein turned his estate into an animal reserve in 1887 and named it New Germany. He imported lots of exotic animals like gazelles, camels and wild horses, Ukranians say. It got the first Przewalski horses in Europe and bred them for 40 years. The herd was wiped out in WWI, but the line survived in a German zoo.
Askania-Nova is now a zoo, botanical garden and Unesco world heritage site formally called the Institute of Steppe Animal Farming Askania-Nova. The wild horse run on 30 sq km by the Chapelsky Pod area.
Bonus species: Bison, Saiga, eagles, zebra
(Ukrainian: Асканія-Нова; Russian: Аскания-Нова meaning New Germany
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