4th February 2009

Now RaubtierPark homepage is international again

The information about the RaubtierPark project is now available in english language again.
Numerous hits from foreign-language countries and from the fact, that zoo sponsoring in Anglo-Saxon regions has the significance, that we wish for the RaubtierPark project, this step became overdue. The gap is closed now.

8th April 2008

People's corner

Our veterinarian-medical assessor Daniela Schrudde will become project manager of the Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project in Vietnam.
This is not a project concerning carnivores in the first and we are neither involved as institution nor by financial means, but we can take up the cause of helping to replace that post, which is extremely important for the highly threatened Cat Ba Langur.
Of course Daniela will continue her work as our assessor and will provide her knowledge even from Cat Ba. We wish Daniela successful work and a lot of fun with this new task and of course a secured future for the Langurs!

14th March 2008

IGAR annual general meeting

There has been a rescheduling:
The IGAR annual general meeting takes place on Saturday, the 19th of April 2008 at 19 o'clock.

This year's venue will be the well-proven:

Krefelder Str.6
10555 Berlin

Underground railway no. 9 / Station Turmstr. / Exit Alt-Moabit
A map can be found at

Non-members are welcome as guests, but are asked to register:

Food and drinks are on own cost.

After handling the formal stuff Carsten Schöne will most certainly give a possibly humerous lecture on a carnivore topic.!!!

2nd February 2008

Projekte und Tagungen

The parting from Kalefeld as location for has noticeable positive implications for the IGAR: The new orientation towards more species protection in addition to the project now yields first fruits. So far we have supported a project for studies of the Giant-striped mongoose on Madagascar and a project on Borneo (which starts in 2008), where it will be examined whether silvicultural used forest is suitable as carnivore habitat.
Before the project on Madagascar science only knew - said tentatively - as good as nothing about the Giant-striped mongoose. The project on Borneo has its main focus – among others – on the Sunda or Bornean Clouded Leopard which was just recently classified as a species of its own, the Bornean red cat, the Flat-headed cat and the Otter civet. All of them are anything else but good old acquaintances of science. On the contrary the Bornean red cat, i.e. could really be called a ghost species. So they all are absolutely exciting critters.
In both cases we gave a small amount to the supporting contribution of the ZGAP. Of course that amount can be higher henceforth and so donations are welcome, true to the motto: Donate for your favourite predator - we will find the appropriate project.

Regarding matters we have some ideas for a location and possibly the one or the other ace up our sleeve. That should of course not bar anyone from having his own ideas, providing suggestions or making offers.

If you want to meet us you have several opportunities to do so this year:

From 22nd to 24th February at Zookunft in Karlsruhe.

On 28th March on our own annual general meeting - more information coming soon.

From 4th to 6th April on the annual meeting of the ZGAP, whose public lectures are always worth a travel!

From 5th to 7th September at the carnivore keepers meeting of BDZ in Halle.

18th October 2007

New web presentation!

Previously we anounced a new direction in the dedication of the IGAR e.V. that now shows its first visible changes. The project has liberated itself from the previous municipality and does now support different measures of species protection in addition to the aim of founding a Carnivore Convervation Center.
All that is expressed by a completely revised internet appearance, that you can visit as usual at or – and that is new – at by now. To celebrate that event and to earn some money for carnivore protection all t-shirts that can be bought at the german online-shop of the IGAR are now available without mailing expenses and there is also a special offer of Living Colours shirts!
We as well as some fascinating predators appreciate your visit and thank you for buying.

14th May 2007

The annual general meeting has passed and ahead of us... the FUTURE lies!

IGAR lined up to offer a future to highly threatened predators, the small ones in particular. It appears to us that our ideal planning for the foundation of a Carnivore Conservation Center will become such a long-winded venture, that during this time some of the animal species that are near to our hearts, could get closer to the abyss.
Reasons therefor are the dependence on interests of rural communes, that of course come with such a project, combined with the conservative advertisement habits of German large-scale enterprises and the fact that both communes and enterprises characterize themselves by an incredibly long process of making decisions. All this time could be used to achieve results for the species we want to preserve. To watch this is not very delightful, so two things were decided on our annual general meeting on May 05th 2007:

  1. In the future the IGAR will be more active in species protection beyond the project. We will do this by participation in projects of the ZGAP (Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations) because it is more effective to bank on their numerous experiences and contacts, than to start up own projects from the scratch. We will use a part of the membership fees for such projects and additionally appeal for earmarked donations.
  2. Meanwhile our maximum model for is put on hold (without being taken to grave, however). Instead of this at first a considerably smaller variant of a Carnivore Conservation Center will be advertised, which would possibly be better explainable and more easy financeable on the one hand. On the other hand it would have the same animal keeping, which is uncompromisingly adjusted at the needs of the animals, with sophisticated environment-pedagogic public relations and impressive nature-near landscape design. This would be both independently viable as well as it could serve as a germ cell for a step-by-step realisation of our ideal planning.

The alternative to try to reach the mass-market by a kind of yellow press public relations or to turn to a tear-jerking animal protection for the future, was refused, because for the work of the IGAR quality counts much more than quantity.

The municipality Kalefeld is also invited as a location for the smaller variant. Concurrently all other communes and private persons that are interested in building up a breeding station for threatened predators, however, are called to get in touch with us.

Soon you will read more about the new direction of the work of the IGAR on these pages!

13. February 2007

Having returned from Zookunft in Magdeburg we can report that we received a lot of encouragement for the concept of and uncomprehending disaproval for the behaviour of municipalities, that are potential locations. The next opportunities for a professional exchange will be the ZGAP annual meeting (March 23rd to 25th 2007) in Cologne and our own annual meeting is also upcoming – time and place will be announced shortly.

25th January 2007

Does the municipality Kalefeld get cold feet?

On Wednesday, the 24.01.2007 the economy committee of the municipality Kalefeld decided, that the municipality does NOT want to be explicitly mentioned as the planning site for the future project , in a zoo guide of about 400 pages, that will be published in spring 2007 in German-speaking area.
The reasons for that remain in the dark. As agreed with the council of municipality we were given time until May 2008 to prove that sufficient financial means could be acquired for the first phase of construction. Every publication mentioning the site could only be beneficial for this purpose.
Even if the decision of the district council is not directly affected by that, the majoritarian decision of the economy committee is a clear expression of lacking confession for the project, that is not suitable to support a success. On behalf of our aims and our partners we therefore will not only think but also negotiate about alternative locations and different kinds of financing.

23rd May 2006

Today this e-mail was directed to the Bavarian Minister of State for environmental protection, Mr Werner Schnappauf:

Subject matter: Bears in Germany

Dear Mr Schnappauf,

Your dealing with the bear that immigrated to Germany seems to be the final declaration of bankruptcy of the governmental nature conservation to me.

Everywhere in the world people are fighting at high stakes to protect threatened animal species from extinction and to return them into their ancestral hideaways. What does Germany do? It pretends that there has been no rethinking regarding our responsility for our cohabitants.

Instead of preparing the Bavarian farmers, cattle stockmen and beekeepers in a reasonable way for the possible, and by the way forseeable immigration of a bear, and instead of taking suitable measures, as for example the use of protection fences and stoves protection dogs and a bear-secure reconstruction of stables, you are now reaching for the gun in blind actionism.

You may shoot – but do it with rubber projectiles and fireworks. Not until all other options have been utilised, one may even think about killing an animal that is severely protected by international laws!

I am immoderately disappointed!

With kind regards
Carsten Schöne
Interessengemeinschaft artgerechter Raubtierschutz e.V.

7th March 2006

Currently professional exchange and public relations take broad room again. Behind us lies the Zookunft and our own annual general meeting. Latter was better visited than ever before and offered a highlight that we will pick up in the coming years with further lectures. Our member Olaf Schilling gave a lecture about his last year South Africa stay.
Ahead lie the annual general meetings of ZGAP and BDZ in Leipzig as well as the International meeting on zoo canids in Schwerin.
In September then, not only „Umgeben von Stinktieren” does appear, we are in addition represented with a lecture on the carnivore keepers meeting of the BDZ in Landau.

Furthermore the fact that in the meantime five cars with the logo on the tail drive through the republic and do successful advertising for this incomparable species conservation center is very pleasent.

2nd January 2006

In September of this year novum Verlag will publish the book „Umgeben von Stinktieren” by Carsten Schöne. In this book, written by the IGAR-founder, plays a respectable supporting part. After publishment (the precise date will be announced here as soon as it is fixed) „Umgeben von Stinktieren” will also become available directly over this homepage. Every cent of the gains achieved from that then flows into project by 100 %. Further information about the book can be found on www.Schö

16th November 2005

In the last three months we had a member increase of over 30 %.
We welcome all new members and look forward to further continuous progression.

4th October 2005

Because of appointments in Wuppertal, Düsseldorf and Dinslaken our office was not occupied for the entire last week. Today we realised that in this period our telephone system was crippled due to a power failure. So if you should have attempted to leave news to us or to send faxes, we would like to ask you for repeating this since all stored news disappeared and we were presumably unable to receive any faxes.

20th September 2005

While establishing contact to possible sponsors, we still stay in touch with the experts of animal keeping. The past weekend we participated in a seminar concerning aquatical mammals that was organised by the BDZ in Duisburg. The news we learned from the giant otter breeding programme were quite promising. The zoos of Dortmund and Brasilia together do an outstanding job in this field. Please keep your fingers crossed for the further uptrend of zoo population of these wonderful animals!

Needless to say that we visited several zoos on our outward and return journey to inspect newly built enclosues, including the former “Ruhr-Zoo Gelsenkirchen” that is now known as “Zoom-Erlebniswelt”. What can be experienced there – and what not – will be reported in an IGAR-Info that all of our members will receive by email.

27th July 2005

Please click to enlarge

This car is promoting in the 3.5 million metropolis of Berlin every day and regularly in the entire federal territory, too.

An idea that is worth imitation!

19th July 2005

A lot has happened since the announcement of Kalefeld as location.
We may greet new members - a sincere welcome!
We are recording weekly increasing access on this home page!
We receive interesting new cooperation offers.
We have printed, stamped and bound a total of 1,500 flyers as well as 210 (!) brochures for potential sponsors during the last weeks and we have elaborated additional eye-catchers for about 70 sponsors that will – different from our initial plans - leave our office simultaneously!

28th June 2005

Volksbank Einbeck has made a free account available to our association. Your donations can now flow directly into the region. Thanks go to the Volksbank.

19th May 2005

Thanks to translators Ronny Falkenhan, Olaf Schilling und Christina Neuenhagen our web presence is also available in English from now on.

11th May 2005

On Monday, May 09th 2005 the municipality Kalefeld and the IGAR agreed on the location:
The municipality Kalefeld is the planning site for RaubtierPark!

Thanks go to the council of Kalefeld and the district Northeim!

4th April 2005

On our annual general meeting certified biologist / zoo educator Christina Neuenhagen has been elected as zoo-pedagogic assessor into the executive board.

Presently her most current work can be inspected on a special page of the Zoo-AG.

7th March 2005

The annual general meeting of the IGAR takes place on

Saturday, 02. April 2005
from 20.30 o'clock (Beginning of the meeting: 21.00 o'clock)
in the Resonanz
Ebersstr. 66
10827 Berlin

2nd March 2005

At the annual general meeting of the ZGAP in Trier (08.-10. April 2005) and at the meeting of BDZ and zoo VZP in Halle (22. - 24. April 2005), we can be met again outside of usual fields.

22th February 2005

The "Zookunft 2005" in Stuttgart was again highly interesting. We held many beautiful conversations and are pleased with greeting new members in our rows.

On the way home we came around in Bad Mergentheim, where the local wildlife park is almost exemplary regarding "keeping of native carnivores".

4th February 2005

Today our new Internet presentation went online:
Sincere thanks go to our star programmer Ronny Falkenhan.

January 2005

The new -logo is created in co-production with the Berlin artist Tanja Schöne.

15th December 2004

From the 18th up to the 20th February 2005 this year's "Zookunft" meeting will take place in Stuttgart. There we will be in any case present.

13th July 2004

An article that is grist to our mill: - 13. Jul 2004 11:35
Raubtiere stärker vom Aussterben bedroht
Für das Web ediert von Patrick Eickemeier
Durch das Bevölkerungswachstum des Menschen ist jede vierte Säugetierart bedroht. Besonders Raubtiere sind gefährdet, zeigt eine aktuelle Studie.
Raubtierarten könnten stärker vom Aussterben bedroht sein, als bislang angenommen. Im Jahr 2030 wird eine Reihe weiterer Vertreter der Ordnung der so genannten Carnivora auf der Liste bedrohter Arten geführt werden, ergaben Modellrechnungen, die das Wachstum der menschlichen Bevölkerung mit einbeziehen.
«Es gibt keinen Grund für Zuversicht bezüglich des Fortbestands einer Art, nur weil diese im Moment nicht als gefährdet gilt», berichten Wissenschaftler um Marcel Cardillo vom britischen Imperial College London. In der Online Ausgabe des Magazins «Public Library of Science Biology» beschreiben die Forscher ein neuartiges Modell zur Berechnung der Gefährdung einer Art. Es berücksichtigt die lokale menschliche Bevölkerungsdichte, die Bevölkerungsdichte der Tierart, ihren Fortpflanzungsrhythmus und ihr Lebensraumspektrum.
Anhand der Kombination der biologischen Daten mit der menschlichen Bevölkerungsdichte könne die Gefährdung einer Art besser bestimmt werden als anhand der beiden Faktoren allein. So sind etwa Arten, die sich langsam fortpflanzen und in vom Menschen dicht besiedelten Gebieten leben stärker gefährdet als Arten, die sich ähnlich langsam fortpflanzen aber in menschenarmen Regionen leben, sagen die Forscher.
Aufgrund des prognostizierten starken Bevölkerungswachstums werden nach dem Modell vor allem die Bestände afrikanischer Raubtier-Arten zurückgehen. Zu den bedrohten Arten gehören Vertreter der Familie der Schleichkatzen (Viverridae), zu denen Ginster- und Zibetkatzen sowie Mungos gehören. Diese Gruppe würde bislang als wenig gefährdet eingestuft.
Anstatt aber wie bislang im Artenschutz vor allem Schadensbegrenzung zu betreiben, fordern die Forscher aktive Schutzmaßnahmen zu ergreifen, bevor eine Art am Rande des Aussterbens steht.

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