Norden’s Ark

 

viridisUntil visiting in 2009, I never knew that a place like Norden’s Ark existed. Nordens Ark is no zoo – it is a very special non-profit foundation that focuses on the conservation of endangered animals. Many miles from civilisation, Nordens Ark breeding conservation centre is situated in the heart of bohuslan on the Swedish west coast. They own a huge expanse of natural countryside where they maintain up to 80 species of endangered animals. The enclosures for many of the animals, which include many european species and others which suit the climate, are literally fenced off areas of forest and mountains. It is absolutely incredible to be there and see the likes of snow leopard, wolf, amur tigers, lynx and many old nordic native breeds in such surroundings. Apart from the mammals, they are also breeding and releasing many native amphibians such as Natterjacks and green toads (pictured). I would just like to say a big thanks to Claes Andren, their Scientific Director for inviting me to experience Norden’s Ark and also Kristofer and all the staff who made my visit so memorable. I look forward to working with you in the future. 

Nordens Ark: http://www.nordensark.se/en/

Norden’s Ark, Sweden, 7am. Might sound a bit out of breath, but I just had to run up and have one last look at the Amur Tigers and the wonderful enclosures at Nordens Ark before the long journey home:

Norden’s Ark, Sweden. Meeting the wolverines!

Norden’s Ark is famous for its conservation work with European mammals. Here I get to go in and feed the wolverines with Emma Nygren who is the centres conservation biologist and keeper of small mammals, including the mustelids (some not so small!). Check out Emma’s Diary here: http://www.nordensark.se/en/about-nordens-ark/nyheter/zookeepers-diary/#c1521

Norden’s Ark, Sweden.

Tour of the indoor exhibits for native amphibians at Norden’s Ark:

Tropical Exhibits at Nordens Ark:

Here are some video clips Adam took when at Nordens Ark in Sweden last year:

Sweden. Adders being  conserved at Norden’s Ark.

Sweden. Mossy frogs on display at Norden’s Ark.

Sweden. Green Toads being  conserved at Norden’s Ark.

Sweden.  Mountain chicken frogs, Leptodactylus fallax, being  conserved at Norden’s Ark.

Sweden. Native reptiles being  conserved at Norden’s Ark.

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