Once aurochs and wild horses roamed through our landscapes. With their hooves and their way of grazing they created small biotopes for numerous insects and birds. When man pushed them out of the landscape, their important ecological function also disappeared. Naturefund and the Naturforschende Gesellschaft Altenburg e.V. are therefore starting a collaboration to bring back the large grazing animals. The first joint project will be a "wild forest pasture" in the Uhlstädter Heide in Thuringia. Taurus cattle, a phenotypic back-breeding of the aurochs, and Exmoor ponies will be released into the wild in a 577 ha forest, where they can graze freely all year round, thus creating lost habitats. With only 5 € you protect 3 m² for aurochs and wild horses! more
Start: Mai 2019
The project area is located in the Uhlstädter Heide in Thuringia. The heath itself has been a nature reserve since 1981. North of the area the river Saale flows.
The Uhlstädter Heide itself has a total area of 1153.5 ha.
Naturefund will carry out the project together with the Naturforschende Gesellschaft Altenburg e. V. (NfGA). The NfGA carries out nature research in a broad sense and is committed to the resulting educational work and the will to contribute to social development. The association is globally active, but focuses on Central Germany.