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The hedgehog, one of the oldest, best-known and most popular mammals in Germany, nevertheless remains surprisingly enigmatic, as knowledge about it is limited - even the exact number in the population remains unknown. Accurate censuses are extremely difficult and all that is certain is that hedgehog populations are declining dramatically, particularly in rural areas than in urban areas.

The "Hedgehogs in Berlin" project of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) investigates, among other things, how hedgehogs have managed to adapt to the urban environment and to what extent human activities influence the behavior of the "capital hedgehogs".

In her talk, Anne Berger, leader of this long-term research project, will present the latest scientific knowledge about hedgehogs, provide insights into their general status and how each individual can help to protect these animals.

About the speaker: Anne Berger studied biology at the Humboldt University in Berlin and worked as an animal keeper at the Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde before her studies. After completing her doctorate, she has been a research associate at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin for more than two decades. Her research focus is on the automatic recognition of behavior and stress in tagged wild animals.

Program in German