Dr. Julia Gräfin Maltzan and Prof. Dr. Henning Wiesner founded 2010 the Academy for the Protection of Zoo Animals and Wildlife. Since then, they have done a lot for international as well as local animal, nature, and species conservation – even during the coronavirus pandemic. The Academy founders discuss the events and projects.
Children love them; adults mostly find them annoying: we’re talking about ladybirds. Our native species are being increasingly displaced by Asian ‘immigrants’. A special project is aimed at actively pursuing species conservation for the tiny spotted, six-legged insects.
Icarus is one of the most sensational projects in animal welfare and nature and species conservation. The Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior under the direction of Prof. Dr. Martin Wikelski equips animals with miniature transmitters. The transmitter receiving antenna is located on the International Space Station ISS. The goal is to study the movement of various species to better protect them.
The Academy could not have imagined a more wonderful present last year for its 10-year commemoration: The birth of the third rhinoceros calf in the Salzburg Zoo. Without the help of the Academy and science, this young female animal would not be alive.
The population of European Hares has decreased massively throughout Europe in the past 100 years. Research results show that the loss of habitat plays a major role.
Zoos, animal homes and shelters, rescue stations, national parks, landscape preservation areas, capture and relocation operations, reintroduction projects to conserve endangered species with the aim of sustainably safeguarding and maintaining biodiversity.