By josie 

January 31st, 2023


Wildlife in

Let's take a look:

What is often overlooked, though, is its vast array of wildlife.

Germany is known for fantastic beer and stunning cities.

1. European Wildcat

Sometimes this wildcat is mistaken for a large domestic tabby cat.

Throughout history, this cat has been considered to be vermin and has been hunted heavily for its fur coat..

2. Wild Boar

Wild boars belong to the same family as domestic pigs.

Wild boars live in herds,  and more or less in forest terrain - but, they have a remarkable ability to adapt.

Berlin is now thought to be home to some 7000 to 8000 wild boars.

3. European Badger

They have strong front paws, which they use to dig for food as they are land predators and omnivorous.

Badgers live in large family groups in burrows under the ground called a ‘sett’.

Nearby their sett there will be a smelly pit that the badgers specifically use as a toilet.

4. Bicolored Shrew

Its teeth are a stark white due to lack natural pigmentation.

Instead of going for the large, meaty portions of the body, bicolored shrews always eats their prey’s brain first.

These animals are aggressive carnivores that will feast on any small animal they can find.

5. Greater Horseshoe Bat

The greater horseshoe bat was once a cave-dweller, but now tends to roost in old buildings, such as churches and barns.

All European bats are nocturnal, feeding on midges, moths and other flying insects that they find in the dark by using echolocation.

6. Red Fox

A fox uses its tail (or “brush”) as a warm cover in cold weather and as a signal flag to communicate with other foxes.

If living among humans, foxes will opportunistically dine on garbage and pet food.

7. Wolf

Whilst there are around 1,800 wild wolves in Germany, there also exists wolf centres where you can see and observe them from a close distance.

One of these packs was raised by hand, which means that the wolves are used to humans and do not mind your presence.

We encourage you to only support organisations doing good for animals - in the best case scenario going to see wildlife in the wild in a non-obtrusive manner.

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