A place for wilderness in Germany

There is great demand for more wilderness. Many animals, plants, and fungi depend on having large contiguous habitats where natural processes can take place undisturbed. Humans, too, feel a need to experience nature in its wild form – in places that are within easy reach. Germany offers a wide range of fascinating landscapes – from its coasts in the north to the Alps in the south. However, the country is densely populated and criss-crossed by roads. This makes it all the more pressing to preserve the last remaining intact natural landscapes for future generations.

And it is why we are supporting the creation of new wilderness areas on former military training grounds in Brandenburg and Thuringia. We are advising our partners there and providing funding for the local wilderness projects by supporting land purchases, for example. In the Wispertaunus region in Hesse, we are safeguarding natural forests close to Frankfurt am Main by linking up existing protected areas within the forest.

We have launched the Wildnis in Deutschland (“Wilderness in Germany”) initiative which gives us considerable leverage with regard to political decision-making. The alliance of 20 conservation organizations also pools its information and experience in managing wilderness areas. We coordinate activities and provide advice, especially to smaller initiatives that are campaigning for wilderness areas in their local region.

Our work in Germany

  • We establish and extend protected areas
  • We advise and support wilderness initiatives
  • We influence decision-makers
  • We finance and mediate the purchase of wilderness areas
  • We train young nature conservation professionals
  • We support wilderness research

News from Germany

  • 09/05/2022Press release

    FZS Executive Director Dr. Christof Schenck to receive German Environmental Award

    09/05/2022Press release

    FZS Executive Director Dr. Christof Schenck to receive German Environmental Award

    The biologist, conservationist, and executive director of the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), Dr. Christof Schenck, will be receiving this year’s German Environmental Prize. The German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)) announced today.

  • 07/05/2022Blog

    The leap of pathogens from animals to humans is getting easier

    07/05/2022Blog

    The leap of pathogens from animals to humans is getting easier

    Zoonoses are part of life on earth. But the destruction of biodiversity combined with climate change is affecting ecosystems worldwide. This could bring us even more pandemics in the future.

  • 10/29/2021Blog

    Dr. Christof Schenck awarded One World Medal

    10/29/2021Blog

    Dr. Christof Schenck awarded One World Medal

    On October 28, 2021, the German Development Minister, Dr. Gerd Müller, presented the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) One World Medal to FZS Executive Director Dr. Christof Schenck.

Our projects in Germany

  • Germany

    Jüterbog and Lieberoser Heide

  • Germany

    Training the conservation experts of the future

  • Germany

    Wilderness in Germany

  • Germany

    Hohe Schrecke

Milestones

Kellerwald-Edersee National Park expanded by approximately 2,000 hectares.

2020

Bavarian Forest National Park grows by 600 hectares.

2020

Wilderness in Germany initiative publishes “Wegweiser zu mehr Wildnis” (“Guide to More Wilderness”).

2017

Hesse designates large areas of natural forest e.g. in Wispertaunus.

2016

Foundation of Hunsrück National Park.

2015

FZS Wilderness in Germany project starts work.

2014

Start of the large-scale Hohe Schrecke nature conservation project.

2009

Establishment of the Brandenburg Wilderness Foundation.

2000

Contact

Zoologische Gesellschaft Frankfurt von 1858 e.V.
Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1
60316 Frankfurt

Telephone: +49 (0)69 - 94 34 46 0
Fax: +49 (0)69 - 43 93 48
E-Mail

You will find our office in the Zoogesellschaftshaus (1st floor).
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