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At shepherd Wolfgang Görne's dairy sheep farm in Bennewitz-Pausitz, a lamb just a few hours old lies in a bucket during weighing / Photo: Waltraud Grubitzsch/dpa

Peak season for lambs: Wolves remain a problem

Saxony's shepherds currently have their hands full at the height of the lambing season. On average, each sheep has one to two young. According to the Saxon Sheep and Goat Breeders' Association, the current price for lamb (live) is between 3.55 and 3.60 euros. However, it could still rise if demand i ..

A police officer stands next to a police vehicle / Photo: Marijan Murat/dpa

Police dog tracks down 36-year-old after accident

Police in Bischofswerda have tracked down a 36-year-old man after an accident with the help of a service dog. According to witnesses, the man had crashed his motorcycle into an oncoming car at a traffic circle and then fled, as the Görlitz police announced on Monday.Service dog Ivan picked up the sc ..

Diana Plange at the 10th International Berlin Pug Meeting. / Photo: Christoph Soeder/dpa/Archivbild

Animal rights activist honored for torture breeding database

Berlin's former animal welfare officer Diana Plange has been awarded the Lower Saxony Animal Welfare Prize. In 2021, the veterinarian had founded a database on so-called torture breeding. This refers to animals in which body parts or organs are missing, unfit or deformed due to breeding. The QUEN da ..

Diana Plange, Animal Welfare Commissioner of the State of Berlin, stands at the 10th International Berlin Pug Meeting. Pug owners and pug lovers from Berlin and all over the world are invited / Photo: Christoph Soeder/dpa

Animal rights activist honored for torture breeding database

Berlin's former animal welfare officer Diana Plange has been awarded the Lower Saxony Animal Welfare Prize. In 2021, the veterinarian had founded a database on so-called torture breeding. This refers to animals in which body parts or organs are missing, unfit or deformed due to breeding. The QUEN da ..

An adder / Photo: Sammer/dpa/Symbolic image

Authorities search for adders and smooth snakes

Native snake species are increasingly dependent on the protection of their habitats. The Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge district office asked the public for support on Monday. Specifically, it is about the rare smooth snake and the adder - the "Reptile of the Year 2024" in Germany. Anyone who spot ..

A police car is parked in front of a police station / Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa/Symbolic image

Sparrows trigger police operation in Hoyerswerda

Multiple sparrows triggered a police operation at a supermarket in Hoyerswerda last night. A security company called the police after a motion detector in the store sounded an alarm, as the officers in Görlitz announced on Monday. On site, the emergency services revealed several sparrows as the "cul ..

A beaver sits in the water / Photo: Felix Heyder/dpa/Symbolic image

Mulde beavers unusually active: Beech trees threaten to die off

Beavers have severely damaged several copper beeches on the banks of the Zwickauer Mulde in Wechselburg Castle Park. The State Foundation for Nature and the Environment announced on Thursday that the trees, which are up to 200 years old, must now be expected to die and spoke of the "surprising behav ..

A fire salamander sits in an enclosure / Photo: Daniel Karmann/dpa/Symbolic image

Saxon alliance for the protection of the fire salamander

An alliance for the protection of the fire salamander has been formed in Saxony. The aim is to set up a monitoring and early warning system to protect the fire salamander in Saxony, the Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Ore Mountains district office announced in Pirna on Wednesday. The Dresden University of ..

A donkey stands on a forest pasture / Photo: Uwe Anspach/dpa/Symbolic image

Giant donkey from Saxony could end up in the Guinness Book

The farm owner Katharina Perutzki is hoping that her giant donkey Fred will be entered in the Guinness Book of Records. "There is currently no bigger donkey in the world," says the proud owner of the "Kuschelfarm" sanctuary in Krostitz, Saxony. The 31-year-old registered her meadow donkey, which mea ..

Two wolf pups standing in a field / Photo: Torsten Beuster/-/dpa/Symbolic image

Growing interest in wolves

The wolf is attracting growing interest as a subject of study in Saxony. As the State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology announced in Dresden on Friday, almost 5,800 people took part in events on this topic last year organized by the Wolf Environmental Education Centre in Rietschen ..

A young brown-breasted hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) sits between leaves on a sidewalk in front of a bush / Photo: Jonas Walzberg/dpa/Archivbild

Hedgehogs are increasingly in danger in Saxony

Hedgehogs are popular animals. But there are more and more dangers for them. Their habitats are becoming smaller. There is a threat of food shortages because they find fewer insects. Hedgehog associations help injured and sick animals.

Visitors walk to the entrance of Leipzig Zoo / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa/Archivbild

Around 1.9 million visitors to Leipzig Zoo

Leipzig Zoo's popularity with the public rose last year. Around 1.9 million visitors were the third-best annual result to date, the zoo announced. In 2022, 1.87 million guests had been counted.In 2011 and 2012, the zoo had attracted more than two million visitors each year. At that time, a new tropi ..

A salmon ready to spawn is held in the water. / Photo: Ronny Hartmann/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/Archivbild

Salmon in Saxony return with a delay

Never before have the first salmon returned to Saxony as late as this year. The State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology announced on Friday that it was only on Wednesday that the first impressive salmon was caught during routine monitoring in the Lachsbach stream near Bad Schandau. ..

Lion cubs explore the outdoor enclosure at Leipzig Zoo with their mother Kigali / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa

Leipzig Zoo raises ticket prices slightly

For the first time in four years, Leipzig Zoo is raising its prices slightly. This is due to rising costs in all areas, the zoo announced on Wednesday. Accordingly, prices will be increased by 1 euro per ticket for children (14 euros) and adults (22 euros) on March 21, 2024. The family ticket will t ..

Lion cubs explore the outdoor enclosure at Leipzig Zoo with their mother Kigali / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa

Leipzig Zoo raises prices

For the first time in four years, Leipzig Zoo is increasing prices by 1 euro per ticket for children and adults and by 4 euros for the family ticket.

A wolf walks through its enclosure in a wildlife park / Photo: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa

Federal states want faster wolf culls from spring

Federal states that are particularly affected want to make it possible to shoot wolves more quickly at the start of the 2024 grazing season with uniform state ordinances. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Environment Minister Till Backhaus (SPD) announced corresponding talks in Münster on Friday. The ..

A beekeeper lifts a frame with honeycombs out of a beehive / Photo: Fabian Sommer/dpa

Good honey harvest in Central Germany

The weather this year has been good for the honey bees. Thanks to their eagerness to collect, beekeepers were able to extract more honey than in previous years. However, if you want to buy a jar of German honey, you have to dig a little deeper into your pocket.

An adult female wolf stands in its enclosure at Eekholt Zoo / Photo: Christian Charisius/dpa

Farmers' association expects growing number of wolf attacks

The Saxon State Farmers Association expects a growing number of wolf attacks on grazing animals. Chief executive Wolfgang Uhlemann justified this on Tuesday with the increased number of pups by about one fifth. "They're getting bigger now and they want to eat. Unfortunately, they don't eat heads of ..

Little lion cubs. / Photo: Jens Büttner/dpa

Lion offspring at Leipzig Zoo exploring outdoor enclosure

The four lion cubs born at Leipzig Zoo in early July can now sniff the air of their outdoor enclosure. During their first outings before visiting hours, mother lion Kigali still severely restricted the radius of her cubs and also retreated to the back areas after a short time, zoo director Joerg Jun ..