"Savage creatures" 
Heinz Effner 


Photography in Color

Landscape format

Wild animals have always played a significant role in human culture and spirituality. Many indigenous peoples have a close connection to *wild animals and consider them spiritual guides and helpers on their journey through life.

Wildlife can help us connect with nature and our own roots. Through their presence and behavior, they can teach us to live in harmony with nature and to be more mindful and respectful of our planet.

In many spiritual traditions, certain animals are also considered symbol bearers, embodying certain qualities or characteristics. For example, the eagle is often considered a symbol of strength, courage and freedom, while the bear is considered a symbol of wisdom and strength.

There are also many people who are inspired by the beauty and elegance of wild animals and consider them a source of strength and inspiration. When we take time to connect with nature and the wild animals around us, we can find a deeper connection to ourselves and our spiritual path.

In summary, wild animals can have great spiritual value in helping us connect with nature and our own roots, teaching us to be more mindful and respectful of our planet, and serving as symbol bearers that can give us strength and inspiration.

Portrait format 

We can dare more wilderness in Germany Europe and benefit from the return of *wild animals like wolves or bears...

There are indeed many good arguments that it would make sense to allow more wilderness in Germany and to support reintroductions of wild animals. Here are some reasons why:

- Protecting biodiversity: wilderness areas and the return of wild animals help to preserve and promote biodiversity. If we want to preserve a diverse natural world, we also need pristine areas and natural wildlife.

- Ecosystem restoration: Wildlife plays an important role in ecosystems. If we encourage their presence, we can also help restore ecosystems that have been disturbed by human intervention.

- Cultural significance: Wild animals are often an important part of our culture and history. If they become native again in Germany, we can also strengthen our relationship with nature and our cultural identity.

- Education and research: Wild animals and their habitats also offer opportunities for education and research. We can learn a lot about nature by observing and studying it in its natural state.

However, there are also some challenges associated with the return of wild animals and allowing wilderness in Germany. Some of these challenges are:

- Human-animal conflicts: when wild animals return to human settlements, conflicts can arise. These conflicts can take the form of damage to property or attacks on domestic and farm animals. It is important to take appropriate measures to minimize these conflicts.

- Economic impacts: Some people are also concerned that allowing wildlife and the return of wild animals could have negative impacts on the economy. For example, tourism activities could be affected if certain areas are closed to wildlife protection.

Overall, then, there are both advantages and disadvantages to allowing more wilderness and supporting wildlife reintroductions in Germany. It is important to weigh these pros and cons and take appropriate measures to ensure that the return of wildlife and the allowance of wilderness are sustainable in the long term and acceptable to all stakeholders.

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*Images of wolf, bear and lynx have been taken under controlled conditions.

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