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The book is available for €9,50 at the Vetshop of the Vetmeduni Vienna.

New children´s book on ural owls „Annas Weg in die Freiheit“

This year young ural owls are again being released into the Biosphere Reserve Wienerwald and into the wilderness area Dürrenstein in Lower Austria.  The species had gone extinct in Austria.  Since 2009, Richard Zink of the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology has been leading a re-introduction project.  The City of Vienna and the Province of Lower Austria are supporting the project financially.  Now a new children´s book tells the story of ural owls in Austria through the eyes of young owl "Anna". (Book in German) 

More info [Link 2] (in German)

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FIWI Annual Report 2013

The latest annual report and all previous ones are available here [Link 4] for download (German only).






Save the date: Embedding biodiversity – international final conference for the greenAlps project

How can the framework conditions for a sustainable and efficient European environment policy be translated into action in the Alpine region. How can project results regarding biological diversity be used and communicated in the long term? How can the new EU funding programmes contribute to maintaining biodiversity?These and other questions will be the focus of the final conference of the greenAlps project, to be held on 13-14 October 2014 in Chambéry, France.

Please join the discussion! The conference-programme will be published this summer. For more information on the project see [Link 5].



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Two young ural owls at a "photoshoot" (Photo K. Svadlenak)

Four more young ural owls released

The re-introduction project of the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology has released 153 young ural owls since 2009, from breeding programmes in zoos and breeding centres into protected areas in the Vienna Woods Biosphere Reserve and the Wildneress Area Dürrenstein in the Ybbstaler Alps in Lower Austria.  Now four more young ural owls from a breeding programme at Schönbrunn Zoo are being released into an area of the Vienna Woods, where they encounter a habitat with excellent conditions for survival and reproduction.  The re-introduction programme is led by a team around ornithologist Richard Zink at FIWI.

More info on the project [Link 7]

(Web editor, 18 June 2014)

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Annika Posautz being congratulated by Rector Sonja Hammerschmid and Vice Rector Josef Ebenbichler (Photo Zsofia Kelemen)

Annika Posautz is awarded the ULV junior researcher prize 2014

Veterinary scientist Annika Posautz of the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology was awarded the  "ULV Nachwuchsförderpreis 2014 [Link 9]" (young researcher award) for her project "Prevalence, distribution and cause of systemic amyloidosis in European brown hares (Lepus europaeus)".  The award aims to promote junior scientists within the established academic community at the Vetmeduni Vienna.  We celebrate her accomplishment!

(Web editor, 16 June 2014)

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Wild asses walking along the trans-mongolian railroad line (Photo P. Kaczensky)

Breaking down barriers – an appeal to conserve migratory ungulates in Mongolia´s grasslands

Mongolian and international conservationists, including researchers from the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, have joined forces to raise awareness of the global importance of Mongolia´s steppes. The Gobi-Steppe Ecosystem is home to a unique diversity of animal and plant species, among them several large migratory mammals. The scientists recommend reconciling the rapid infrastructure development that is currently taking place in Mongolia with the needs of migratory species, such as Asiatic wild ass and Mongolian gazelles. Their recommendations are published online in the journal Conservation Biology [Link 11].

More info [Link 12]

(Web editor 3 June 2014)

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Many visitors came to inform themselves about the work of the Department of Integrative Biology and Evolution (Photo K. Svadlenak)

4200 visitors on Open House Day 2014

On 24 May 2014 the Vetmeduni opened its doors to visitors, who were able to get a glimpse behind the scenes at the main campus of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna.  Some 4200 visitors participated in guided tours, lectures, and interactive displays on the clinical and research activities at the University.  The Department of Integrative Biology and Evolution was  represented with interesting insights into wildlife research.

(Web editor 26 May 2014)


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Two different strains of bacteria caused the sudden chamois-deaths. (Photo A. Haymerle)

Cause of sudden death established – Chamois had pneumonia

In spring 2010, nearly a third of the chamois living in a region of northern Austria suddenly died of unexplained causes. Concerned hunters and foresters sent the carcasses to the pathology lab at the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna for analysis. Extensive investigations revealed that the animals died of bacterial pneumonia caused by two strains of bacteria that are highly unusual in chamois. The results were recently published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases [Link 15].

More info [Link 16]

(Web editor 16 May 2014)


Dr. Valencak during her habilitation lecture (Photo K. Svadlenak)

Teresa Valencak now authorized to teach wildlife biology

At the end of March 2014 Teresa Valencak of the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology of the Vetmeduni Vienna obtained her formal credentials to teach wildlife biology at university level.  In her habilitation lecture she presented research results on the physiological limits of milk production in hares and mice. 

More info [Link 17] (in German)

(Web editor 9 April 2014)



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