The Dülmen pony: A tragic mistake led to the extinction of the last herd of wild horses on the continent

2016 - 09 - 01
The Dülmen pony: A tragic mistake led to the extinction of the last herd of wild horses on the continent

Only a few decades were needed for a unique wild horse population to survive in Germany to this day. However, due to a fatal mistake, the Dülmen pony is lost forever in its authentic form.
The Dülmen pony was the only one of several wild horse populations in Germany that survived until the beginning of the 20th century. The wildlife of the Merfleder Bruch area was first mentioned as early as in 1316.

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The Dülmen pony: A tragic mistake led to the extinction of the last herd of wild horses on the continent
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Instincts forgotten for centuries return to birds who use large ungulates for hunting food

2016 - 08 - 03
Instincts forgotten for centuries return to birds who use large ungulates for hunting food

Most people only know such a sight from nature films shot in Africa. Flocks of oxpeckers sitting on the backs of buffaloes and other large animals is an inseparable part of the scenery as much as hunting lions or elephants at watering holes.

For thousands of years, however, these scenes could be seen in European nature, too, where flocks of birds were attracted to herds of large herbivores, such as wild horses, European bison or …

Instincts forgotten for centuries return to birds who use large ungulates for hunting food
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Occupied. Rare wrynecks occupied all the bird boxes in the large herbivore reserve and produced their young

2016 - 07 - 01
Occupied. Rare wrynecks occupied all the bird boxes in the large herbivore reserve and produced their young

The first count of the feathered inhabitants of the bird boxes for rare wrynecks ended in huge success. The boxes had been placed by scientists in the large ungulate reserve in Milovice near Prague earlier this year. “Though two boxes were only installed in the middle of April, which is the time that these birds return from their winter quarters in Africa, we are overjoyed by the fact that wrynecks have populated all five of …

Occupied. Rare wrynecks occupied all the bird boxes in the large herbivore reserve and produced their young
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Rarer than the panda. Only 2,000 wild horses from Exmoor left in the world

2016 - 06 - 15
Rarer than the panda. Only 2,000 wild horses from Exmoor left in the world

Wild horses survived on Exmoor in England without human care for centuries. Though they have been protected in more recent decades, their fate is still uncertain. Currently, there are about 2,000 specimens in the world who are potentially capable of reproduction. A quarter of them live in their original habitat of Exmoor in Britain. They are equally rare as, or perhaps even rarer than, the giant panda, whose population was 2,130 in 2015.

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Rarer than the panda. Only 2,000 wild horses from Exmoor left in the world
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European bison in the reserve have their first calf, and wild horses drew attention to it

2016 - 05 - 16

The first calf was born today in the herd of European bison living in the reserve in the former military area of Milovice, located near Prague. This endangered species managed to procreate just a few months after a new breed was created at the end of 2015.

Unusual behaviour in the herd of wild horses drew attention to the baby European bison. The horses were alerted and kept staring at one single place. And this …

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