Our new poster ‘Wolves restore nature’s balance in Europe’ is available for downloading!
Update 21.08.2017: The poster is now also available in Czech, Dutch, Portuguese and French.
The poster is part of the bilingual wilderness school-project ‘Let’s get Wild!‘. It visualises the role and influence this large carnivore can have in the European ecosystems. For example, the presence of the wolf affects many different animals, such as the predators (fox, golden jackal), herbivores (e.g., red deer, roe deer), scavengers (e.g., raven, vulture), and even humans!
The poster illustrates how the wolf can be a natural solution to different problems that European nature faces. The wolf keeps the number of foxes and golden jackals under control, allowing their prey (birds and rodents) to grow in population size. As the wolf takes out deer, areas along rivers become less overgrazed. This is beneficial for the beaver to build dams, which provide a suitable habitat for a wide variety of fish, amphibians and small rodents in the new wetland. The left-overs of wolf-kills provide the scavengers with an all year round food source. And the increased numbers of wild boar, damaging the farm fields, are able to decrease as the wolf is almost the only natural enemy.
During our many discussions concerning the return of the wolves to Europe, we always were stunned how little was known about the crucial role the wolf plays in our ecosystems. The beauty of the red deer and roe deer was caused in large part by presence of the wolf. Evolution taught them to be fast and nimble of powerful with large antlers to evade the wolf. With this poster, we want to increase the knowledge on how the wolf is restoring the balance in Europe´s Nature. Gudrun Pflüger, Large Carnivore Specialist
This educational project from the European Wilderness Society is supported by Austria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. The poster is available in German, English, Italian, Spanish, Slovakian and Ukrainian. A French version will be available shortly.
Download the poster ‘Wolves restore nature’s balance in Europe’ for free! Spread the word on the essential role of the wolf in the European Wilderness!
Wolves restore nature’s balance in Europe – poster downloads as PDF for your personal use as well as for educational purposes.
Portuguese: Wolves restore nature’s balance in Europe_POR
You can copy, print and redistribute the material in any medium or format, but please do not modify it without permission. We will also have printed versions of the posters available in September. Thank you.