On the 9th September, the Naturschutzbund Austria and the European Wilderness Society went to Salzburg Zoo, to take part in the OZO Artenschutztag 2018. This was in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the OZO Species Protection Day. Alongside organisations such as Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, Naturschutzbund and Birdlife Austria, we brought nature conservation ‘alive’ for the day.
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300 wolves in the zoo
For the family-event we took along our life-size cut outs of large carnivores, our wolf posters, and some craft material. Our two European Solidarity Corps volunteers Nick Huisman and Rebecca Hollely assisted the team and kids. During the day we made wolf masks with approximately 300 children in the zoo, who then ran around the zoo howling and pretending to be wolves!
The children were able to learn about Wilderness, and also had the opportunity for other fun activities such as exploring insects with a microscope and learning about the beaver in Europe. We shared a stand with Naturschutzbund, and combined our craft activities so that children could also make mice from pistachio nut shells as well as making wolf masks and howling like a wolf.
The event was enjoyed by families and the European Wilderness Society alike, and we look forward to more events like this in the future.
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