Year of 2017

Badger foraging in the Black Forest, Germany

The Black Forest in southwest Germany is a fine home for this badger, who is likely foraging for insects or worms on the forest floor. This mountainous region is considered not only prime badger habitat but is also known as the home of the cuckoo clock. As early as the 1740s, farmers in this area began supplementing their income by carving and selling the intricate clocks, which quickly caught on and became associated with the Black Forest. Today, cuckoo clocks are still a favorite souvenir, but visitors also come in search of Black Forest gateau, a cherry dessert that even a badger would be sure to love.

The European badger also known as the Eurasian badger or simply badger, is a species of badger in the family Mustelidae and is native to almost all of Europe and some parts of West Asia. Several subspecies are recognised; the nominate subspecies predominates over most of Europe. The European badger is classified as being of least concern by the IUCN as it has a wide range and a large population size which is stable, and even increasing in some areas.
Scientific name: Meles meles
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Meles