On the path to freedom!

Process of release follows the lead of a method applied in the Bavarian Forest by Wolfgang Scherzinger: together with their parents, the young are relocated to the sites of release where they can become acquainted with and acclimatized to the environment. In late summer, the cages are separated; whereas the parents are retained for captive breeding, the gate to freedom opens up for the young. The attachment to the parents, who stay at the site of release for some time, strengthens the site fidelity of the young. That same autumn, they claim their own territories and start courting.