Wildlife sanctuary

We have been running the wildlife sanctuary for many years where injured or orphaned animals are cared for and released back into the.

We cannot take care of all animals in need of help - the hunting authorities for example are responsible for huntable wild animals that can be hunted.


Animals that can obviously not be rehabilitated

are euthanized by our specialist staff or remain permanently with us or go to another zoological facility.

Our wildlife sanctuary also supports local nature conservation and veterinary authorities in the classification or temporary accommodation, care and referral of confiscated wildlife.


Injured and orphaned wildlife

are admitted and examined

Injured wildlife

are supplied with veterinary care

Orphaned wildlife

are brought up professionally


Would you like to support us?

Do you like our commitment to wildlife in need?
We look forward to your donation because we can use it to continue our nature conservation work in this area.

Please enter the password "Artenschutz - Wildtierauffangstation".

Conservation donation

Ist es besser, einem Wildtier zu helfen und es aufzunehmen oder es in der Natur zu belassen?

Wild animal in need of help?

If you suddenly face a supposedly needy wild animal, you can call us at 0160 90954800 at any time. However, please read our attached help beforehand.

What do I do if I find a supposedly sick or helpless animal? The Saxon State Ministry has published a comprehensive leaflet: To the leaflet


Is the animal really in need?

First of all, you have to watch very carefully whether the animal is really in need! For this purpose, you should leave the location of the orphaned animal unobserved for some time, depending on the animal species, so that the mother animal can return undisturbed. Human intervention is understandable from an ethical point of view, but in the long term it is often not for the best of the animal! Be aware that illness and death are part of the natural cycle!

Basically, the laws allow:

"... subject to hunting regulations ... to take injured, helpless or sick animals in order to care for them healthily. The animals are to be released into the wild as soon as they can survive independently. "If the animals are of the strictly protected species (eg owls and songbirds), the admission of the animal must be reported to the authority responsible for nature conservation. (Section 45 (5) Federal Nature Conservation Act).

Many wild animals belong to § 2 Bundesjagdgesetz or § 3 Sächs. Hunting regulations for huntable game. The special rules of hunting law apply to these animals. Well-known examples are: deer, deer, wild boar, foxes, wild rabbits, hares, martens, badgers, raccoons, raptors. If you discover injured, orphaned or dead wild animals that are subject to the right to hunt, report this to the responsible hunter, the district office or the local police.

Fawn - In case of doubt stay away!

You will discover a fawn lying on the ground in the forest, in the meadow or in the field. Leave the place immediately! The Ricke will come back to her fawn as soon as you are gone. Beeps are not a sign of an animal's current agony, but a call for help to the mother animal, because the fawn feels threatened by the presence of people.

Wild boar - do not approach!

You discover a small wild boar (freshling) lying on the ground in the forest, in the meadow or in the garden - maybe it is injured. Leave the place immediately! Notify the responsible hunter or the district office.

Fox pups

Fox pups can be found in many places: forest, gardens, parks, fields, meadows. Help is only necessary if the animal is alone and emaciated for several days in one place. Notify the responsible hunter or the district office. Please do not feed!



Squirrels can fall out of their nests (Kobel). If they are not collected by their mother after half an hour, use a glove to put the young animals in a cardboard box and warm them with a blanket or towel. Take the animals to a competent place.
Please do not feed!


Hedgehogs that are supposedly in need of help mostly come up during the day in gardens, parks or cemeteries.
Leave the hedgehogs that are quickly becoming independent in their environment. If the hedgehog weighs less than 500g, you should provide it with cooked poultry meat or cat food (no milk) on your own property.

There is more information about the hedgehog here: Information about hedgehogs


They sit in front of you in the forest, in gardens or in parks and do not fly away: young birds that crashed when they first tried to fly. If available, you can put them back in the nest or off the path. Please do not feed! Special note for birds: Birds need special professional care! Therefore, if you find them, inform the police, the district office or the hunter.


Behavior in traffic accidents with game

In the event of game accidents with hoofed game (e.g. deer, deer, wild boar), the drivers of the vehicle are obliged to notify the police station (Section 2 (2) Saxon Hunting Act).