By now all litters of European Mink in Estonia are counted. In the eleven litters of Species Conservation Laboratory of the Tallinn Zoo there were 53 cubs. In the release folds of Hiiumaa Mink reserve 20 more cubs were born in 3 litters. This year the number of cubs per litter is pretty high – 5 in average. The largest one with 8 cubs was in the release fold of Hiiumaa Mink reserve.
European Mink (Mustela lutreola) / Source: Wikipedia
European Minks (Mustela lutreola) / Source: Tallinn Zoo
On November 10th, 2011 was moved European to the ‘critically endangered’ category, which means that the species is considered to be in etremely high risk of extinction. In Estonia remarkable results have been achieved in conservation activities of the species. As much as half of global artificial population of European Mink is kept in Tallinn Zoo and one of the most successful special protection activities is repopulation of the species to the Hiiumaa Island.
European Mink (Mustela lutreola) / Jonathan Hall