Edersee wildlife park

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Edersee wildlife park
Full name Edersee Wildlife Park / Edersee Wildlife Park
place Am Bericher Holz 1
34549 Edertal
surface 80 hectares
opening October 26, 1970
Edersee Wildlife Park (Hesse)
Edersee wildlife park

Coordinates: 51 ° 11 ′ 10 ″  N , 9 ° 2 ′ 30 ″  E

View from the Edersee Wildlife Park to the north over the Edersee to the flooded "Dorfstelle Berich " (center) and to Waldeck -West (right)

The Edersee Wildlife Park , also known as the Edersee Wildlife Park , is an 80 hectare wildlife park opened in 1970 on the Edersee or Kellerwald in the Waldeck-Frankenberg district , Hesse ( Germany ).

According to the information board at the park entrance, the wildlife park, which is affiliated with the nearby Kellerwald-Edersee National Park , is "an institution of the Hessian state forest administration ".

Geographical location

The Edersee Wildlife Park is located in the Waldecker Land in northern Hesse on the northern flank of the Kellerwald , within the Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park, surrounded by the Waldecker Bergland and above the southern bank of the Edersee reservoir through which the Eder flows (storage target 244.97  m ). It is located just north of the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park in the “Bericher Holz” forest area on and on the hilltop of the Hammerberg (approx. 335  m above sea  level ) with steep flanks  . The Edersee dam is located 1.2 km east-southeast of the wildlife park near the Edertal district of Hemfurth-Edersee . The Schloss Waldeck is located 6 km ( straight line ) located on the opposite side of Edersees.

Zoo description


In the Edersee Wildlife Park there are animal enclosures including a large open-air enclosure, a petting zoo with goats and pot-bellied pigs , the Edersee Wildlife Park , a bird of prey station with a collection and care station and in the warm season with a daily bird of prey flight show, and a small playground with climbing equipment. The Kellerwald information center Fagutop is attached to the ticket booth at the park entrance . In front of the park entrance there is an adventure game (including a large wooden ship, climbing equipment, slides, swings and seesaws) and riding arena , as well as the “Bericher Hütte” café-restaurant (including snack) and numerous parking spaces.

In the park area there is a 2.5 km long circular path with several side paths along the enclosure and through the outdoor enclosure; this results in a total length of around 4 km. The animals can be easily observed from several viewing platforms on these paths. In some places there are boards with information about animal species, origin of the animals and reproduction as well as the number and dates of birth of young and old animals in the park. There is also a small hut in which the various stages of antler development in fallow deer are exhibited and explained. In addition, an educational trail with informative panels about ants , nesting boxes , mushroom varieties and songbirds has been created. At the wayside z. B. the "forest xylophone" and the "animal memory", for example, to cheer up bored children.

Many animals in the park can be fed with animal feed available at the entrance. Dogs are not allowed in the park. In many places, the park area offers beautiful views of the eastern parts of the Edersee, the waterside of the Edertalsperre and Waldeck Castle .


White deer

Among domestic and foreign species of wildlife parks Edersee (in alphabetical order) capercaillie , black grouse , deer , otters , birds of prey ( eagles , owls , vultures , falcons , kites and owls ), lynx , mouflon , deer , wild boar , ibex (from the Alps ) , Raccoons , wild cats , wild horses ( Przewalski horses and tarpans ), wild boars , bison , wolves and goats .

The capercaillie and black grouse in the wildlife park are animal species that can no longer be found in the North Hessian wilderness today. Fallow deer can be found up close in the park because it is in the open air area. After the last otter in the Kellerwald-Edersee region was shot near Bergheim im Edertal in 1911 , the nimble-cute animals feel at home in their enclosure with a pond and caves in the park. Local lynxes used to live freely, for example in the forests of the Kellerwald, but have been almost exterminated in recent centuries as civilization progresses, including in northern Hesse. The red deer, which was to be found in many places in Germany until the middle of the 19th century, is the largest wild animal still living freely, for example in the basement forest, as the "king of the forest"; you meet him up close in the park because he is also free in the park area.

Przewalski horses are a pure-blooded wild horse genus. Local ibex from the Alps is a non- endemic animal species in the Kellerwald-Edersee region , which has become accustomed to the steep slope enclosures after being incorporated. The tarpans in the park are a backbred wild horse species. The park's raccoons are rarely seen because they are nocturnal animals; In 1934 raccoons from North America were released for the first time in the area of ​​today's Kellerwald-Edersee National Park, which have since spread far beyond the borders of the Kellerwald due to fewer enemies. Wild boars living here very often have freshlings because they no longer move in the wild. Bison and wolves integrated into the park used to live freely in the basement forest, among others, but have been almost exterminated in the past due to advancing civilization, for example in northern Hesse.

Greifenwarte Wildpark Edersee

Black kite at a flight demonstration

The "Raptor Wildlife Park Edersee" is a Founded in the spring of 1997 bird of prey station in the eastern part of the game park Edersee, in the extinction of endangered birds of prey bred species and injured and captured sick birds under an existing since 1998 collecting and nursing station, nursed back to health and then released back thereby making important contributions to species conservation.

The gryphon station also provides insights into the millennia-old hunting method with the help of birds of prey ( falconry or "pickling") - a contribution to maintaining an old tradition. In addition, visitors to the bird of prey station can get to know important functions in the habitat of birds of prey and understand the need for bird protection .

There is also a bird of prey flight show in the Greifenwarte, in which birds of prey of different species - such as eagles (e.g. imperial and bald eagles ), falcons, kites and eagle owls - as part of a training program to show their flying skills in front of the backdrop of the Edersee and beyond the reservoir perform on a mountain enthroned Waldeck Castle, where the birds can be observed at close range. The approximately half-hour raptor flight show takes place every year between March 1st and October 15th every day except Mondays at 11.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. and is included in the park entrance fee. It is dependent on wind and weather, so that not all birds can always fly. Falconers explain interesting facts about birds and falconry using microphones and loudspeakers. Griffon vultures fly very close to the ground, so falconers recommend crouching and bowing. Bald eagles can be seen gliding along from a short distance. The flying "acrobats" are always rewarded with food. Finally, the backs of the eagle owls sitting on the arms of the falconers are allowed to be stroked.

Fagutop - Kellerwald Information Center

At the entrance to the Edersee Wildlife Park is the Kellerwald information center Fagutop (derived from “Fagus”, the Latin name of the beech ), an ecological and forestry information center around the Kellerwald forest south of the park. The flora and fauna of this large beech forest area are explained here. A forest school also provides answers to these questions, for example: Which animals live in the basement forest? Who eats whom? How do the carbon and water cycles work ? One film introduces the animals of the Kellerwald, another gives an insight into the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park.


The idea of ​​setting up a wildlife park on the Edersee and Kellerwald came mainly from the citizens of Hemfurth.

These events belong to the history of the park (unless otherwise stated loudly):

  • 1970 - the wildlife park opens (October 26th) - with only eight fallow deer, one mouflon ram and five wild boars
  • 1972 - Ibex from the Alps are integrated
  • 1973 - Lynx, bison and wolves are settled after the park area has been expanded
  • 1975 - an eagle owl breeding station is built; Junguhus are regularly released in the following years
  • 1979 - Tarpans are introduced
  • 1990 - Przewalski horses are incorporated
  • 1991 - capercaillie and black grouse are included
  • 1997 - The Greifenwarte Wildpark Edersee (bird of prey station) is integrated
  • 1998 - A collection and care station is added to the Greifenwarte
  • 1999 - the Kellerwald information center Fagutop is established
  • 2004 - Otters are included
  • 2004 - the wildlife park becomes a national park facility and since then has had the proper name WildtierPark Edersee
  • 2008 - for the first time in 20 years there are young wolves
  • 2010 - Wildcats are introduced
  • 2010 - the newly designed entrance area with shops is opened

Transport links and hiking

The county road  35, which the Edertaler vilage Hemfurth-Edersee in the southeast and Rehbach in the west and from there to the west with Bringhausen connects, leads a few hundred meters south of the entrance to the wildlife park Edersee over.

There is an approximately 4 km long network of trails within the wildlife park (see above ). Outside the park there is a 1.5 km long footpath from the Edertalsperre to the wildlife park. Not far south of the park, sections of the intersecting hiking trails Ederauenweg and Ederhöhenweg pass. A little west of the park, on the western flank of the Eschelberg ( 311.9 m ) north of Rehbach, is the 250 m long TreeTopWalk - the treetop path  on the Edersee with an upstream, 800 m long squirrel path .

References and comments

  1. a b c d History of WildtierPark Edersee , on wildtierpark-edersee.eu
  2. Data according to unknown / not researched source

Web links

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