Büsgen-Institut der Universität Göttingen
Büsgenweg 3
37077 Göttingen

Ines Mahlmann
Tel.: 0551 39-33628  

Wildlife science deals with the interactions between wild animals and their habitats in different ecosystems. The origin of the collection goes back to the wildlife biology research and teaching activities of the Forestry Academy founded in Hannoversch Münden in 1868. Today the collection features exhibits of domestic and exotic wildlife, with a focus on mammal antlers and horns. The extensive collection of antlers from the domestic roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), for example, demonstrates the variability of antler shape. A variety of so-called abnormal horns
allows the causes of their creation on the object
to explain.

Among the exhibits are:
some very rare pieces, including antlers from the David's deer (Elaphurus davidianus), which is extinct in the wild, and the Schomburgk's deer (Rucervus schomburgk), which became completely extinct around 1938. The collection also includes the fur and skull of one of the last wolves legally hunted in Lower Saxony from the beginning of the 20th century. Less spectacular, but of great practical importance, are exhibits for identifying wild animals based on the traces they leave behind, such as footprints or droppings. In addition to the wild animal specimens, the collection also includes evidence of hunting in different eras, including a number of traps and hunting weapons. Many of these exhibits come from the Royal Hanoverian Jägerhof, which was closed in 1868.


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