Münchener Tierpark Hellabrunn: Hellabrunn Zoo supports Deutsche Bahn in training sniffer dogs for species conservation
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With great dedication, the wardens in charge of the outdoor terrariums at Hellabrunn collected the droppings, skin and eggshells of the zoo’s sand lizards for Deutsche Bahn. This work was carried out as part of the zoo’s measures to support Deutsche Bahn in training sniffer dogs, which learn to detect the habitats of protected native species. By detecting the locations of lizards, smooth snakes and bats with the help of dogs, these species can be better protected when planning routes. This will also allow Deutsche Bahn to complete construction projects faster in the future.
“We are delighted to support this project, especially as it concerns the conservation of species and nature of local biodiversity, which is after all one of the main goals of a modern zoo,” says Lena Bockreiß , curator of reptiles at Hellabrun Zoo. “The sand lizard population continues to decline.”
Sand lizards are relatively adaptable reptiles that require virtually nothing from their respective habitats. Approximately 18 to 20 cm long, the reptiles are found at the edges of forests and fields as well as in other various areas, and are native to all German federal states. Despite strict protection measures and its inclusion in the European Habitats Directive, the population of sand lizards is in danger.
Sand lizards have been living in the terrarium outside the village of Mühlendorf in the zoo since 2018. Three years after moving in, the sand lizards have managed to breed offspring. But reptiles aren’t just found in the outdoor terrarium; wild sand lizards can also be seen all around the zoo.
“It’s always exciting to see how our zoo has so much more than just experiencing a wide range of animal species. It makes me proud that Hellabrunn is committed to the conservation of nature and species, nationally and internationally, and is happy to join forces with players from totally different sectors ”, explains Rasem Baban, Zoological Director of the Hellabrunn zoo.
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