Twenty-eight pups have been born here in recent weeks – and more are expected. Next year, we will work with European hamster conservation group AG Feldhamsterschutz to reintroduce the hamsters in fields in Lower Saxony.
The European field hamster is one of the most endangered mammals in Germany and is already extinct in some states. This is primarily due to intensive farming practices. Scientists estimate that there are only 10,000 to 50,000 European hamsters still living wild in Germany.
Did you know? European hamsters are significantly larger than the golden hamsters conventionally kept as pets. They weigh up to 600 grams – about the same as a loaf of bread!