Reintroduction of European elk back to the Slovak nature
Summary of project results
The European elk is one of the original animal species in Slovakia, although it was eradicated in this region in the during the 16-17 century, mostly as a result of hunting. Project aimed to support reintroduction of the European elk back to the Slovak wildlife, as its once natural and integral part. As a result of research of possible suppliers from countries, where the elks are not rare, 4 elks were calves imported to Slovakia from Latvia and Sweden. 2 calves were placed in the Animal Production Research Center in at the Nitra, to realize a dietary and ethology research. This research ensured acquiring important data in relation to reintroduction of the elks in natural conditions of Slovakia. Based on the this research and in consultation with the Norwegian partner a Strategy of the Elk Management Programme was elaborated. Later on, 2 new individuals were imported and placed in the fenced game preserves in the natural area in forests of central Slovakia (locality Drahova). These elks shall be released consequently after their accommodation to the new conditions. The interesting project attracted high level of media attention and the, including printed media, the Slovak Television and the Slovak Radio, which contributed to raising the public awareness about the species and the project.
The Norwegian Red Deer Centre (Stiftelsen Norsk Hjortesenter) is a national resource centre of knowledge for care of deer. Accumulation and dissemination of knowledge about wild and farmed deer are its main objectives. The Centre is operated as s foundation. The Norwegian Deer Centre is an important link between central Norwegian authorities, local management- and resource groups, landowners and the public in general. The centre is located on the island Svanøy and it is acknowledged by Norwegian authorities as a Research & Development centre, and is collaborating with other institutions on a wide range of topics. As part of the original proposal, the centre was supposed to be involved in supplying the elks for the purposes of the project. However, at the time of the project implementation it turned out to be impossible. The elks for the centre comes from the nature, typically the calves whose mother died, can be caught and provided for the purposes sale and export. Unfortunately, at the given year of the project implementation, the centre did not have any calves available for the purposes of the project. Therefore, the animals had to be found in other places. The Norwegian Red Deer Centre has been that involved in consultancy on vet treatment and breeding, and elaboration of draft elk management program.
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