Our Projects

ANBs’ current projects aim to rescue endangered ungulates in South East Asia, whereas our past projects were focused on carnivores in Central- and Northern Europe.

Current Projects


Evaluation of spatial use pattern and population genetics to develop management plans for threatened Indonesian boar and deer species (Main island Java and small island Bawean).

Focal species

Bawean Deer (Axis Kuhlii) - Critically endangered 

Bawean Warty Pig (Sus blouchi) - Endangered 

Jawan Warty Pig  (Sus verrucosus) - Endangered

Bawean captive breeding facility

Bawean captive breeding facility

Bawean Deer (Axis Kuhlii)
Bawean warty pig (sus blouchi)

(© by BEKI Bawean Endemics Conservation Initiative)

Map of Bawean Island with protected area - purple (© by BKSDA, Surabaya) 

Bawean warty pig - trapping


Preparing evidence-based conservation of the Oliver’s warty pig (Sus oliveri) on Mindoro island, Philippines

Focal species

Oliver’s warty pig (Sus oliveri) - Endangered  

Philippine warty pig (Sus philippensis) - Vulnerable

Visayan warty pig (Sus cebifrons) - Critical Endangered

Palawan bearded pig (Sus ahoenobarbus) - Vulnerable

Sunda bearded pig (Sus barbatus) - Vulnerable

Selected past projects

In the past ANB has successfully carried out wildlife conservation- and research projects, while in the mean time also providing scientific support to various wildlife related activities  for example exhibitions and tv documentaries. We have vast experience in the conceptualisation, planning and the performance of surveys and expeditions in both Europe and Asia. 

So far we have dealt with the following species: raccoon dog, red fox, American mink, raccoon, European wild boar, polar fox, wild camel, Mongolian gazelle, saiga antelope and wild sheep.

racoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) - ear tagging - sendering

Previous research projects

// Evidence for limited introgression of domestic pig genes into the endemic Corsican wild boar population, NMNH Luxemburg 

// Ecology of red foxes and raccoon dogs in north-east Germany - Competition or coexistence? University Rostock 

// Space use pattern, dispersal and social organisation of the raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides), an invasive, alien canid in Central Europe , Technical University Dresden

Environmental education

// Conservation of nature and biodiversity starts at your doorstep, but you need to know what's out there before you can protect it. The ANB regularly holds summer schools for children from Germany and Poland. Here the children can experience nature and learn how nature conservation works.

Most important species: red fox, badger, marten, raccoon dog, raccoon, wild boar, red deer and others

Wildlife documentary

// Raccoons in the city of Berlin, Animals Unexpected, BBC Natural History Unit 

// Island - Arctic foxes and volcanoes, NDR


// Conservation and reintroduction of the Atlantic Salmon and European Eel to the river Moselle, M.O.L.I.T.O.R., Berlin & Koblenz


// Establishment of the Nuratau-Kyzylkum Biosphere Reserve as a Model for Biodiversity Conservation in Uzbekistan, UNDP

racoon dog
Arctic fox


In preparation

Drygala F, Casabianca F, Maestrini O, Frantz AC Evidence for limited introgression of domestic pig genes into the endemic Corsican wild boar (Sus scrofa meridionalis) population (in prep)


Drygala F., Rode-Margono J., Semiadi G., Wirdateti, Frantz A.C. (2020) Evidence of hybridisation between the common Indonesian banded pig (Sus scrofa vitattus) and the endangered Java warty pig (Sus verrucosus), Conservation Genetics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10592-020-01304-3

Drygala F., Korablev N., Ansorge H., Fickel J., Isomursu M., Elmeros M., Kowalczyk R., Baltrunaite L., Saarma U., Schulze C., Borkenhagen P., Frantz A.C. (2016) Homogenous population genetic structure of the non native raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) in Europe as a result of rapid population expansion PlosOne (online version)

Drygala F. & Zoller H. (2013) Spatial use and interaction of the invasive raccoon dog and the native red fox in Central Europe - competition or coexistence? European Journal of Wildlife Research 59:683-691

Zoller H. & Drygala F. (2013) Activity pattern of the invasive raccoon dog in Central Europe. Folia Zoologica 62(4): 290–296

Drygala F., Werner U., Zoller H. (2013) Diet composition of the invasive raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) and the native red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in north-east Germany. Hystrix 24 (2): 190–194

Drygala F., Zoller H., Stier N., & Roth M. (2010) Dispersal of the raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) in newly invaded area in central Europe, Wildlife Biology, 16: 150-16

Drygala F., Stier N., Zoller H., Bögelsack K., Mix H. & Roth M. (2008) Habitat use of the raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) in north-eastern Germany. Mammalian Biology 73: 371-378

Drygala F., Stier N., Zoller H., Mix H., Bögelsack K. & Roth M. (2008) Spatial organization and intra-specific relationship of the raccoon dog Nyctereutes procyonoides in Central Europe, Wildlife Biology, 14 (4): 457-466

Drygala F., Zoller H., Stier N., Mix H. & Roth M. (2008) Ranging and parental care of the raccoon dog Nyctereutes procyonoides during pup rearing: Acta Theriologica 53 (2): 111-119


ZGAP – Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations

DGS - German Society for Mammalian Biology

IUCN/SSC Wild Pig Specialist Group (webpage not updated yet)