Mammals of Germany

Wildlife Returns to Germany

The last wild beaver in Bavaria was killed in 1867, but, in 1966, Bund Naturschutz, a German environmentalist organization, reintroduced them, at first on the Danube. Up to 1980, about 120 specimens had been released into the wild, and today more than 6,000 live in Bavaria.

Even in the center of Munich, Bavaria’s capital, a beaver family lives happily on the river Isar, next to the German Museum. In my hometown of Furstenfeldbruck, 30 km (18.6 miles) from Munich, where the train bridge crosses the river Amper, you can see big trees felled by another beaver.

Hamsters Return to Nature in Eastern Germany

Germany, warned five years ago by the European Union to revive its field hamster population, has brought a French pair of the rodents to get busy in a hamster-decmiated eastern state. This week, officials cleared the final bureaucratic hurdles for a pair of field hamsters from France immigrate to a region of the German countryside around Berlin where their kind had gone extinct. Biologists hope the population of European, or black-bellied hamsters, which used to be common from Belgium to the steppes of western China, will rebound in Germany

Wildcats in Germany

Biologists are planning what promises to be Central Europe’s biggest conservation project. They intend to connect all of Germany’s major national parks with woodland corridors to ensure the survival of endangered forest creatures. The wildcat is the poster child of Germany’s new environmental offensive.

The Return of Wolves to Germany: “Fears Are Being Stoked” (02/20/2007)

At least 20 wolves are now roaming the heaths of Lusatia, a region along the German-Polish border. Latent fears of the big bad wolf are remerging, but biologists say the animal is misunderstood. DER SPIEGEL spoke to Ilka Reinhardt of “Lupus,” a German group of wildlife biologists, about the simmering conflict over the wolves.

List of mammals of Germany – Wikipedia