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Meeting of the International Hamster Workgroup


From 29 September to 1 October 2023 the 30th Meeting of the International Hamster Workgroup (IHWG) was hosted by the Department of Behavioral and Cognitive Biology, Faculty Life Sciences at the UBB.

The IHWG is dedicated to preserve and protect the common hamster (Cricetus cricetus), a critically endangered species that faces an ongoing population decline in most parts of its distribution range. 

Ninety participants from seven European countries contributed to a broad range of topics from monitoring population changes, breeding and reintroduction projects to research on common hamster ecology, physiology, behavior and genetics. Conservation measures and recent status were discussed.

A highlight of the meeting was an excursion to the Vienna central cemetery where free-ranging common hamsters occur at relatively high densities and are easy to observe from close distance. The growing number of participants in the IHWG reflects the increasing effort to protect and conserve this fascinating species.

The meeting was supported by the MA22.

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