Looking for a diploma or Master´s student!

We are looking for:

two (2) diploma students or Master´s students who want to do some field research and data analysis for 3 months plus analysis time on the topics 1) Reproduktion und Jungenaufzucht beim adulten Wildschwein and 2) Klimaeffekte auf die soziale Organisation beim Wildschwein (Start February/March 2018)


for two (2) diploma or Master´s students on the topics  1) Einfluss von Fettsäuren auf die Körpertemperatur von Frischlingen und 2) Telomere-Dynamik von Wildschwein-Frischlingen (Start March 2018). 


FIWI Annual Report 2016

The FIWI annual report for 2016 (in German only) can be downloaded by klicking on the picture.
Cover Foto of the FIWI Annual Report 2016









A multi-national approach to lynx protection in Europe: 3Lynx

The Eurasian lynx was once widespread throughout Europe. In many areas, lynxes have been eradicated by humans. This project concerns the Bohemian - Bavarian lynx population and the Dinaric or Alpine population. These are small isolated populations. All were established by reintroduction of animals from the Carpathian population. (Photo P. Kaczensky)
Lynx in the snow [Link 1]

The Eurasian lynx is a critically endangered species protected by national laws and the EU Habitats Directive. The main threat to the survival of lynxes is illegal killings due to lack of acceptance, and the fragmentation of habitats, which hinders migration. In addition, non-harmonized (national) monitoring and management measures impede a coordinated approach. The challenge is to integrate lynx surveillance, protection and management into a common strategy at the transnational level. The 3Lynx project, in which the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology is involved as a project partner, will do this by protecting three lynx populations in the area Austria, the Czech Republic and Bavaria, as well as Slovenia and Italy.  The capacities of stakeholders can be improved through exchange of experience, data and tools, and the introduction of harmonized lynx monitoring measures at the population level. The project will also be an instrument to actively involve the main stakeholders, hunters and foresters, in the conservation of the lynx.

More info [Link 2]

(Web editor, 15 December 2017)


The wild ass returns

The first group of kulan that were captured in a corral in Altyn Emel National Park. (Photo: John Linnell/NINA)
Khulans running in a corral [Link 3]

For the first time in more than a century, Khulans - or Asian wild asses - roam the central steppes of Kazakhstan. Veterinarians and biologists of the Department of Conservation Medicine (FIWI) of the Vetmeduni Vienna provided technical support for the relocation of the first nine animals.

On October 24, 2017, a first group of animals were brought to an acclimatization enclosure on the edge of the Altyn Dala Reserve in central Kazakhstan. The animals had been transported 1200 kilometers by helicopter from the Altyn-Emel National Park in the southeast of the country. They will be released in the spring. This is the first step in a multi-year project that aims to restore the full range of large herbivores in this unique steppe habitat. Khulans once lived in the Middle East and Central Asia - from the Mediterranean to eastern Mongolia. During the last two centuries, their distribution has been dramatically reduced to less than 3% of their former habitat.

The current project aims to bring 30-40 kulans into the central steppes of Altyn Emel over the next 3-4 years.

More info [Link 4]

(Web editor, 14 November 2017)


Family ties among ural owls in the Vienna Woods

According to recent research, our free-range breeding birds are on average 5 years old. Over the last few years, the average age has steadily increased, indicating that mating is permanent and mortality rates remain low. (Photo © Jessica Winter)
Ural owl in the woods [Link 5]

Genetic examinations allow us to uniquely identify animals and gain insight into their family ties. In this way the identity of 9 out of 10 Habichtskauz breeding pairs (i.e. 18 adult birds in total) in the Vienna Woods could be determined unequivocally.

The 10th breeding pair remained incognito. However, from the genetics of the couple's chicks we were able to conclude that the adult birds are not owls released by us. We assume that they were born unnoticed by us in the Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve. This has probably happened before. Not all broods are detected by the resettlement team. That's why a few more owls may roam through the Vienna Woods and the Dürrenstein wilderness area than our minimum-number estimates suggest.Visitors regularly appear at the release sites (see video [Link 6]).

More info [Link 7]

(Web editor, 31 October 2017)



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