A perfect video for children who want to see animals in real life. Unfortunately, the wildlife camera we used can only shoot black and white videos at night. This video was shot in Meggen, Switzerland, in a small “wild garden” (35 square meters), where the natural habitat has been preserved. You can hear crickets in the summer, and the nearby bushes and small trees are the perfect habitats for birds, mice, and small lizards.
According to Animalia, beech martens are solitary, territorial, and keep their distance from other animals of the same species, except for mothers and their young and mating pairs.1 They can help to keep the rodent population under control, but can also damage goods (e.g., when they hide under car hoods).2 Sometimes people hunt them for their pelt or hold them in captivity as pets.
The red fox is well adapted to humans and prefers areas close to farmlands, woods, and city suburbs. However, they also thrive in the North American prairies, where it is estimated that they kill approximately one million wild ducks per year .3 Foxes are hunted for sport and their pelt. In some regions such as Finland, Denmark, and Estonia foxes are raised in captivity in so-called “fur farms.” According to Euronews, Finland produced 1.2 million fox pelts during 2020 (96% of fox fur in the EU), while other EU member states have total or partial bans on fur farms.4
By trying to keep nature untouched as much as possible around us, we can enjoy its wonders and at the same time, our children can learn more about their surroundings. The climate, biodiversity, and human health crisis are all interconnected. There are about 8 million animal species on Earth. While a small number of these are threatened, many others live in danger. The main reason they are threatened is human activity. Humans have contributed to the extinction of thousands of animals through hunting and poaching for their fur and meat, and through destroying their habitat.
To protect wildlife, it is essential to understand how species interact within their ecosystem and how human activities affect them. By choosing a vegan lifestyle and abstaining from things that require the exploitation of another being (e.g., leather clothes, cosmetics, products tested on animals, etc.), people could have an enormous contribution to improving animal welfare and the wellbeing of the entire planet.
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1. Animalia.bio. Beech Marten. 2022
2. Grizimek H et al, Grizimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, Volume 12, Mammals III, Germany: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. 1975: 39, 48, 54, 61, 65.
3. Enciclopedia Britanica. Fox (mammal). 2022.
4. EuroNewsCulture. Inside Finland’s cruel fox fur farms, the shame of the luxury fashion industry. 2022.