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“Wildes Sardinien”

Andrea Rüthlein (Deutschland) - 43 min

Saturday, 15. Nov. 2008 from 08:00 in Congress Graz - Blauer Salon       

Who on earth knows that mouflon were introduced onto Sardinia about 6000 before Christ? Supposedly, the shy small wild sheep were brought all the way from Asia Minor to the Iberian Peninsula during the neolithic period – probably for cultic reasons. Mouflon show no signs of domestication, and there are no domestic sheep that are directly related to them. Whereas the migration of mouflon from Sardinia to the mainland was successful during the 20th century, their population on the island is endangered today. Europe’s last original population lives in the central mountain region of the Sardinian National Park Gennargentu. It is carefully observed by game biologists exploring the behaviour of this species, which is generally unknown. This journey through wild Sardinia shows landscape footage and sheds light on the researchers’ efforts to preserve the mouflon population.