"Listen to the voice of nature"
At Langedrag they are working to save and preserve endangered species in Norway. They participate in the protection of the Arctic fox through the ‘Arctic fox project’ and breeding/protection project of the Scandinavian grey wolves .
Many of the animals are on the national or international list of endangered or vulnerable species - the so-called Red List .
The animals that lives here live in large areas with plenty of space for them to move in and in their natural habitat. The predators are living in large enclosures also in their natural habitat. You have the opportunity to go visit them and see them up close inside the enclosures. They are not tame, they are very shy and reserved . (I've been inside the enclosures with wolves, lynxes and foxes several times and photographed them).
Many different animals
Langedrag is known for its wildlife and how close you can get to the animals.
The farm has about 300 animals divided in about 20 species. With great respect for the natural selection throughout millions of years, Langedrag has attempted too preserve the most primitive breeds of each species. Many of the animals are distinctively Norwegian such as moose, reindeer, and The Telemark fjording (horse). Other animals are the ancestors of our Norwegian breeds such as Moufflon cheep and Bankiwa chickens. The farm also have endangered and vulnerable species such as wolves, fox and lynx. At Langedrag you are close to all the animals and guaranteed you have an unique experiences of a lifetime…
Langedrag is best known for its work with wolves. In 1981 , the first wolves came to Langedrag and they now have two packs at the farm. You can join with a wolf expert into the wild wolves. The pack consists of four wolves. You can, through a one hour guided tour, get in close contact with the wolves. This experience is unique and the wolves are at close range. You can not pet the wolves, but this will still give you a special experience.
The wolf was virtually extinct in Scandinavia in the 1960s. The current population of Norway and Sweden, is of Finnish-Russian origin and settled in southern Scandinavia in the early 1980s. Throughout the 80 's there was only one family group and never more than a total of 10 wolves in Scandinavia. In 1991 arrived , however, a new male from the Finnish- Russian population. A new family group was established and the population grew rapidly throughout the 1990s.
The wolf is critically endangered ( CR ) and have an extremely high probability of dying out . Norway contributes very little to the preservation of the south Scandinavian wolf population. It is legal to hunt wolves in certain periods of the year in Norway.
The Arctic fox is one of the most endangered animals in Norway and are on the National Red List of endangered species. It is critically endangered and that means that the risk is very high that it will disappear from Norwegian nature in the coming 50 years. Although the Arctic fox became preserved in 1930, the spieces has not been able to recover to a viable level. In the decades 1998 to 2008, they only recorded 241 fox litters in Norway and Sweden combined, of which 111 were in Norway. In recent years the breeding project ‘Project Arctic fox’ have yielded positive results.
Arctic foxes in Langedrag are breeding for ‘Project Arctic fox’. This project aims to save the endangered Arctic fox. This breeding projects is a project aimed to develope methods for breeding in captivity. The project will also develop methods for how to set out the Arctic fox puppies in nature, where Arctic foxes have disappeared or are in small numbers . Breeding animals are captured in different locations in Norway and represents an important buffer against loss of genetic variation in the fox population. Breeding projects are carried out with support from the Directorate for Nature Management.
From 1845 to 1980, the state had bounty for killing lynx in Norway, with no restrictions on the hunt. The Lynx stock was reduced. Around 1939 there was lynx only to be find a few places in Norway. In 1980 the system of bounty abolished, and in 1981 the Lynx got protected by law during the breeding season. In 1992, came a law that protected the Lynx in southern Norway, but in 1994 we was introduced to quota regulations hunting all over the country.
Today in all of Scandinavia, the total population of the Eurasian lynx estimated at around 50,000 animals, and the lynx is not considered a particularly vulnerable species in Scandinavia, but it is listed as Near Threatened (NT ) on the IUCN Red List and as vulnerable ( VU ) on the Norwegian Red List . Total population has a downward tendency, because the species lose their habitat. Lynx population in 2013 was estimated at approximately 350 animals in Norway (59 registered family).
I hope you understand that Langedrag nature park is not a zoo, and that the animals living there have plenty of room to move on in their natural habitat. The intention is merely to preserve the animal population, share knowledge and learn to understand animals so we can live together side by side. Humans and animals. <3
2nd of May 2014
PS! If you do come to Norway I really recommend a visit to Langedrag.