New knowledge about beneficial animals – Heidekreis

Serengeti Park Hodenhagen received a coveted farm animal case from the Association of Zoos (VdZ) for its safari school. VdZ has developed Farm Animals Status and made them available to a total of 50 zoos and animal parks. Through the wide range of materials, zoo educators can now more thoroughly convey to interested guests the characteristics and advantages of local farm animals and why members of the association are committed to ensuring that endangered breeds do not go extinct.

“In performance-oriented agriculture, many ancient livestock breeds are now of little importance because they do not have currently desirable breeding characteristics, such as rapid growth or high-yield milk production,” says VdZ Deputy General Manager and project initiator Dr. . Julia Quigler. This leads to the risk of population decline. But as part of its biodiversity and cultural heritage, it is very deserving of protection. For this reason, the Association of Zoos and Arche Warder Zoo Landscape launched a joint project in 2020 with the goal of enhancing zoos’ contribution to the conservation of endangered livestock breeds. As a recognized model and demonstration project, the project is funded for a period of three years by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

As a recognized extracurricular educational venue, Serengeti Park with its safari school provides a wide range of opportunities in the field of education for sustainable development and global learning. Among the classroom offerings, there are also educational modules on biodiversity topics and farm animals that are adapted to different degrees. Various breeds of livestock can be seen in the park itself, including goats, different breeds of cattle, chickens, and sheep.

The Farm Animals Box contains, among other things, memory cards, examples of consumer products made from farm animals, and information on the original wild animal ancestors of today’s pets. Thus visitors, especially children and youth, can be informed in a playful way about the current threat to local livestock breeds and made aware of biodiversity and climate protection. The costs for developing, producing and shipping cases amounted to approximately 35,000 euros.

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