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Otter Centre
Badger Hedge

Jonas Homburg (Author and translator for ZooLex)
Monika Fiby (Editor for ZooLex)
Hans-Heinrich Krüger (Editor for Otter Centre)

Published 06 Feb 2019

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UP LOCATION:

Aktion Fischotterschutz e.V.29386 HankensbüttelGermany
Phone: +49 5832 98080
URL: http://www.otterzentrum.de


UP KEY WORDS

Habitat, hedges


UP ANIMALS:

Family:Species:Common Name:Capacity:
Mustelidae Meles meles European badger 4-6


UP DESCRIPTION:

The Otter Centre has set itself the goal of exhibiting native Mustelidae species and showcasing their habitats. The badger exhibit is located on an artificially raised hill and represents a hedgerow landscape. The animal barrier is made of a 1m high lattice fence that is secured against climbing by electric wires in various heights. The entire exhibit has reinforcement steel mesh (mesh openings 10 x 10 cm) under the ground as digging protection.

The badgers’ lifestyle is presented to the visitors in a tunnel where the badgers can be observed in underground walkways and dens.


 

UP SIZE:

Space allocation in square meters:

Use:Indoors:Outdoors:Total Exhibit:
  accessibletotalaccessibletotal 
animals1530531
visitors45300345
others8216224
total548301,0461,100

 

UP COSTS:

Many works were conducted by staff.

€ 250,000


 

UP OPENING DATE:

1989
 

UP DESIGN:

Beginning: 1987

  • Planning: Aktion Fischotterschutz e.V, Hankensbüttel, Germany

UP CONSTRUCTION:

Beginning: 1988

  • Construction: Aktion Fischotterschutz e.V, Hankensbüttel, Gemany

UP LOCAL CONDITIONS:

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UP PLANTS:

The plant list specifies the Latin names of the plants used for this exhibit.


UP FEATURES DEDICATED TO ANIMALS:

The natural vegetation as well as tree trunks, piles of wood and roots structure the exhibit and give the badgers opportunities for foraging. An artificial burrow system with hay padded sleeping dens was built into the hill. The animals can reach it through concrete tubes.


 

UP FEATURES DEDICATED TO KEEPERS:

The keepers get into the exhibit through a double door system that is located next to the fence separating the two parts of the enclosure so that they can access both parts and operate the dividing slide from there.

The sleeping boxes in the indoor area can be reached through hatches.


 

UP FEATURES DEDICATED TO VISITORS:

The front area of the exhibit slopes into a shallow ditch. The fence is placed at the deepest point, so the visitors have a view into the exhibit across a small hedge along the front covering the fence. Visitors can walk stairs to an elevated area offering a good view of the exhibit.

A path leads through the tunnel below the hill that is designed with natural stones and roots. Here, visitors can observe the badgers through glass panels in their burrows and the sleeping dens.


 

UP INTERPRETATION:

Several panels inform about the badger’s lifestyle and its hedgerow habitat. The ecological importance of hedges for the landscape is explained. Hedges form corridors connecting forests to fields and meadows and offer food and hiding places for many animals such as insects, hedgehog, badgers, birds and hoofed game. They act as wind breaks and thereby collect humidity.

The visitors can do an animal voice quiz and learn about other inhabitants of the hedgerow landscape.


 

UP MANAGEMENT:

The exhibit consists of two parts that can be separated or connected by slides.

Manholes to the underground burrows are located on the hill next to the viewing windows. Therefore, the glass panels are easy to reach from the backside and are cleaned weekly. At the beginning, light from the manholes reached the burrows. As this contradicted the desired effect in the burrows, the hatches were shaded and artificial light was installed.

The badgers can be locked into the sleeping dens or into the whole burrow system for safe outdoor work. A catching system (box trap) is integrated into the tunnel, invisible to the visitors.

The burrows are all short and have only little curves so they are well visible for animal management.


 

UP RESEARCH:


 

UP CONSERVATION:


 

UP LOCAL RESOURCES:

Local labor and materials were used during planning and construction.


Overview

Overview

© Aktion Fischotterschutz e.V., 2015


 

Site Plan

Site Plan

© Aktion Fischotterschutz, Monika Fiby, Jonas Homburg, 2016


 

Badger

Badger

© Aktion Fischotterschutz e.V., 2009


 

Path to the exhibit

1. Path to the exhibit

© Monika Fiby, 2007


 

Hedgerow landscape

2. Hedgerow landscape

© Monika Fiby, 2007


 

Badger exhibit

3. Badger exhibit

© Monika Fiby, 2007


 

Visitor area

4. Visitor area

© Monika Fiby, 2007


 

Elevated viewpoint

5. Elevated viewpoint

© Monika Fiby, 2007


 

Visitor view

6. Visitor view

© Monika Fiby, 2014


 

Enclosure separation

7. Enclosure separation

© Monika Fiby, 2014


 

Access to the burrow system

8. Access to the burrow system

© Monika Fiby, 2014


 

Access to the visitor tunnel

9. Access to the visitor tunnel

© Monika Fiby, 2014


 

Visitor tunnel

10. Visitor tunnel

© Monika Fiby, 2007


 

Burrow system

11. Burrow system

© Monika Fiby, 2007


 

Sleeping den

12. Sleeping den

© Monika Fiby, 2007


 

Badgers in the sleeping den

13. Badgers in the sleeping den

© Monika Fiby, 2014


 

Signage

14. Signage

© Monika Fiby, 2014


 

Visitor information hedgerow landscape

15. Visitor information hedgerow landscape

© Monika Fiby, 2007


 

Animal voice quiz

16. Animal voice quiz

© Monika Fiby, 2007


 

Keeper access

17. Keeper access

© Monika Fiby, 2014


 

Access to a sleeping den

18. Access to a sleeping den

© Monika Fiby, 2007


 

Badger

19. Badger

© Monika Fiby, 2014