Monitoring dormouse population

2021 01 06

The year 2020 was the 14th year, when from early spring to late autumn the teriologists of the museum, led by the curator of the Teriological Collection Vaclovas Gedminas, in the forests of Kaunas County, Dzūkija and Aukštaitija National Parks and Vištytis Regional Park searched for edible dormouse (Glis glis) and forest dormouse (Dryomys nitedula). Both dormouse species are rare and protected in Lithuania. To save these animals, the museum staff raises nests, inspects, monitors and collects data about the dormouse population.

This year, in early September, the museum’s teriologists discovered the new-born forest dormouse pups. As a result, of the relatively hot summer and autumn, dormouse delayed the breeding season.

Photo of forest dormouse by K. Martinaitis