Leśne warsztaty dla dzieci Fundacji SAVE

Forest workshops with the wolves!

Forest workshops with the wolves!

In May and June, our foundation is implementing its original project “Get to know the forest beyond the fence – environmental education of elementary school students”, funded by the ORLEN Foundation (a grant under the My Place on Earth program). In cooperation with the Suchedniów Forestry Commission, we organize a series of field workshops for children in the most beautiful corners of the Świętokrzyska Forest, preceded by wolf lessons at school.

As part of the project, each participating class takes part in one lesson about the forest and its inhabitants. During the meeting, the head of the wolf project, Roman Gula, introduces the children to the forest theme, showing the most interesting photos and recordings from our project. He tells about wolves and other animals that live in our neighborhood, and what to do in case of encountering them.

The next stage is a field trip to the vicinity of Świnia Góra and the Dalejów Nature Reserve, led by our naturalists headed by Roman Gula and Jacek Major, with the steadfast support of Ms. Ania Wojkowska-Klata from the Suchedniów Forest District. During the approximately 2-3 hour walk, kids and their teachers get to know the forest and learn how to behave properly in it. How to distinguish a spruce from a fir? What creatures can be found in a forest puddle? Who leaves five-fingered tracks? Children learn about the dangers of trash abandoned in the forest, and collect it in a bag carried by caregivers. By the end of the first walk, the bag was almost full of trash found along the way!

A few words about wolves

The forest workshop is also an opportunity to learn a lot of interesting information about wolves, which our foundation has been studying in the Świętokrzyska Forest region for many years. Finding wolf poop is an opportunity to talk about what wolves feed on and show children what the work of a field biologist looks like. Students have the opportunity to identify and tag the droppings themselves, while learning how to use a GPS, and also try their hand at tracking a live wolf using a telemetry antenna!

At the end of the field part, a bonfire awaits the participants in the Forestry Classroom of the Suchedniów Forest District, where, in the shade of the trees surrounding this charming place, kids have the opportunity to roast various delicacies on the fire and rest after the walk.

At the end

So far, we have already held several lessons and workshops to which we took students and teachers from Elementary School No. 3 in Suchedniów, and we are slowly completing the project. During the forest walks we were fortunate with the weather, which was warm and sunny, and all the participating classes bravely overcame the beautiful, but at the same time sometimes difficult and marshy terrain, absorbing knowledge about nature and ecology.

Without you, we would not have succeeded!
  • Thank you very much to the Suchedniów Forest District for supporting our activities and providing access to the Forest Classroom, and especially to Forest Supervisor Piotr Fitas and Ms. Anna Wojkowska-Klata, education specialist, who persistently supported us during most of the workshops and shared her knowledge of forestry with the children. Thank you and we look forward to further joint projects!
  • We would also like to thank Ms. Renata Wikło, deputy director of the Stefan Żeromski Elementary School No. 3 in Suchedniów, for excellent cooperation in the implementation of lessons and workshops for school students!
  • And finally, we would like to thank the ORLEN Foundation, without which the project would not exist at all! We are grateful for selecting our idea from among many others and granting us the funds necessary to implement it.

Author: Joanna

Augustowskie wilki

Wolves from Augustowska Forest

24. April 2023| Wolf protection, Movies, Poland

Wolves from Augustowska Forest

Wolves from the Augustów area recorded on our photo trap.

In appearance, perhaps a little different from the świetokrzyskie wolves, but from behavior just as dog-like. Drinking water from the river, rolling in a dead fish, a quick pee, sniffing and whoring the camera…. These and other behaviors were recorded on our photo trap.

Meet the wolf family from the Augustowska Forest!

* The footage was recorded in November 2022 in the Płaska forest district, Augustów.

Author: Joanna

Wiosna w Puszczy Świętokrzyskiej

Spring in the Świętokrzyska Forest!

Spring in the Świętokrzyska Forest!

We are still continuing counts of forest ungulates until mid-May as part of our wolf diet research project.

On the occasion of field work, we visit extremely beautiful, wild and mysterious parts of the Forest, inhabited by a variety of creatures. Deer, frogs, newts, nuthatches…. Plus charming honeysuckles and hellebores, cheering up the undergrowth with their purple flowers.

📸 See what springtime Świętokrzyska Forest looks like in the lens of our talented volunteer Bartosz Sarnowski!

The field research is coming to an end soon, but we wouldn’t have been able to complete it on time if it weren’t for the support of our persistent volunteers and donors.

  • Many thanks to Mr. Marcin and the company Lanius-Books (lanius-books.com), which offers a variety of great equipment and accessories for nature lovers, for donating the Wilsus Accento photo trap. The camera is hanging in the wilderness and collecting material for us – in a few weeks we will see the first results!
  • We would also like to thank the Esperanza company (esperanza.pl), and in particular Mr. Adam, for supporting us with a pack of colorful rechargeable batteries they produce, which are also already working in the field and powering our photo traps. So far both the camera and the rechargeable batteries are working great.

Thank you!

Our Foundation is still looking for sponsors for the equipment we need (photo traps, SD cards, external drive, tablet, GPS, walkie-talkies, field clothes) – if you want to help us, let us know at kontakt@fundacja-save.pl We look forward to hearing from you!


"Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence" conference

"Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence" conference in Oxford, UK


On 30.03-1.04 we had the pleasure of attending an international conference on human-wildlife conflicts, organized by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the oldest international organization focusing on conservation issues.
The conference, attended by nearly 600 researchers, scientists and conservationists from around the world, was held in the beautiful English university town of Oxford.

Dozens of delegates from around the world spoke during the three-day meeting. A wide range of problems and methods of solving them were addressed, and the topics crossed almost every continent of the planet. From tigers in Indonesia, to lions and caracals in Namibia, elephants in Botswana, wolves and bears in Romania, to jaguars and gwanacos in South America. Conflict management methods, principles of effective education and the best techniques for working with local communities based on respect and understanding of needs were discussed. Among the speakers we had the opportunity to see many world-renowned scientists, such as wolf experts John Linnell and Luigi Boitani!

However, the conference was not only about lectures, but also, and perhaps most importantly, about meeting other participants and exchanging experiences. We had the opportunity to meet wolf researchers from other countries and hear about the latest ideas for new, innovative research, or lesser-known methods of resolving wolf-breeding conflicts.

Some of the lectures were recorded and are available on the organizer’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkP5dWpe7Mdu-D7prR7MeNQ.

Author: Joanna

Wilcza kolacja

Breakfast at Bartek's family

Breakfast at Bartek's family

What is the wolf family from the Niekłańskie Forests doing? A few weeks ago, when it snowed a bit, we were able to track it down.

We followed the trail of 5 wolves! We quickly came across remnants of their meal. The wolves hunted and ate the deer, of which all that was left was the stomach and some hair. After breakfast, the wolves intensively marked the area.

The family, founded 2 years ago by our collared Bartek, includes, among others, Trip, a three-legged wolf, which we recently wrote about – link. Trip’s tracks stood out among the wolf paw prints we found – the trace of Trip’s only surviving hind leg never, even when the wolf was trotting, overlapped (as in 4-legged wolves) the track of the fore paw.

Author: Roman Gula

Poszukiwanie wilka Geralta

In search of Geralt the wolf

In search of Geralt the wolf

In late February and early March, we headed east in search of Geralt the wolf, whose GPS collar stopped sending location data at the end of January.

We recently decided to once again search the area around Geralt’s last locations in the Hrubieszow area (above. Mircze) near Poland’s eastern border with Ukraine. As we wrote earlier, the collar data indicated that Geralt was either dead or that the collar had fallen off him. We searched the area thoroughly for several days, hoping to at least find the collar. Unfortunately, without success.

During the search, we received information about a dead wolf, without a collar, found near Hrebenne (70km further south). We went to the place and the finders, who turned out to be antler collectors (many thanks for their involvement, help and time!), who quickly and efficiently led us to the remains. Unfortunately, in the meantime, someone had cut off the dead wolf’s skull (we remind you that it is illegal to possess parts of protected animals!). It was therefore impossible to assess the age of the wolf, and the feeding of mammals and birds on the carcass made it impossible to determine the sex. There wasn’t much left of the wolf, but fortunately it was possible to collect a sample for genetic testing. After comparing this wolf’s DNA with Geralt’s genetic profile, we will find out if this was our missing wolf.

We decided to combine our stay in Zamość with our educational campaign. We met with employees of the Mircze Forest District and school children. A very interesting experience for us was a meeting organized by the Polish Hunting Association and the Zamość Academy. In the unique atmosphere of Zamość’s old town, we tried to introduce the audience to the biology of wolves and show that wolves are not scary beasts lurking in our lives. Interestingly, after our factual lecture and discussions about wolf numbers, the listeners agreed that the information appearing here and there about wolf densities reaching 40 individuals/km2 comes from the world of fairy tales!

On the occasion of public meetings with residents, we gave several interviews to local media, including Radio ESKA, Tygodnik Zamojski, Kronika Tygodnia and TVP3 Lublin. We hope that the news about Geralt and his disappearance will spread and give us answers as to what happened to him. In addition, we tried to allay viewers’ doubts about living in the vicinity of wolves and explain that the predators seen in the area do not pose a threat to them.

Although the trip in search of Geralt was fruitful in several respects, unfortunately it did not end with the unraveling of the mystery of our wolf’s disappearance. Nor did we find the collar, which is valuable to us for two reasons. First, it contains data that can only be recovered by connecting the collar directly to a computer. And second, we could reuse it to monitor the life of another wolf. We therefore appeal to anyone who comes across information about a wolf with a collar or the collar itself to contact our Foundation. We offer a reward for finding one!

* Geralt is a wolf native to the Świetokrzyska Forest, who, in search of a mate and a place to live, migrated to Ukraine and then settled in the Lublin Province. He wore a GPS collar transmitting location data to us, which was funded by Vanity Style.

Author: Roman Gula

Wilk Gagat w Sudetach

Vlk Gagat returned to the Sudetes

8. March 2023| Wolf protection, Wolf Gagat

Vlk Gagat returned to the Sudetes

After two months in the Žďárské vrchy, Gagat returned to the Sudetes.

As we wrote previously, the tracks of our Czech colleagues from the Hnutí DUHA Šelmy organisation indicated, that Gagat was alone. He may therefore have returned to the Sudetes in search of the partner.

This is the last chance for Gagat this year. The oestrus in wolves falls in the second half of February and is already coming to an end. Reproductive wolf families are recorded in the Sudetes, so perhaps Gagat is hoping that there is a better chance of meeting a mate in this region. However, being in the families’ territories comes with risks. Wolves are sometimes aggressive towards strangers, and sometimes such clashes end in the death of lone individuals.

Author: Roman Gula

Wilki, łosie, jelenie

The most interesting animal shots - Daleszyce Forests 2022

6. March 2023| Movies, Poland, Wolf protection

The most interesting animal shots - Daleszyce Forests 2022

The most interesting animal shots recorded in the Daleszyce Forests in 2022.

The Daleszyce forests are among the most valuable natural areas of the Świętokrzyskie region. The diversity of habitats – dry coniferous forests, alder forests and peat bogs, upland and mountain forests – means that the diversity of animal species is high. In addition to common species, rare and endangered species are also found.

By carrying out permanent monitoring of wolves in the Daleszyce Forests, we were able to record with photo traps many interesting animal behaviours during the four seasons of 2022.


In spring, foraging male deer and elk were most frequently recorded. Young specimens still wore complete antlers, while older bulls already showed newly applied antlers covered with scutes. We often recorded deer and wild boar during mud baths, which protect them from skin parasites. Photo-traps also recorded wild boars with small piglets that were born in early spring. Wolves in spring were recorded infrequently, usually while patrolling the area.


In summer, photo-traps recorded female deer and roe deer with young (calves and kids) and wild boars with sub-adult offspring. Bulls of deer and elk carried already grown antlers, which in late summer begin to wipe off their scutes. The wolf family reared as many as 8 pups, with which they moved between several rendez-vous (meeting places) located in the same area. The beavers also reared their offspring, and a pair of cranes from the moor cared for two chicks. Due to the prevailing summer heat, water and mud baths of the animals in the beaver floodplains and forest wallows were a common sight.


Autumn is primarily the mating season for elk (bucking) and deer (roaring). Cameras repeatedly recorded the mating behaviour of males with magnificent antlers. Wolf pups were not much smaller than adult wolves and often roamed together with their parents and older siblings. Ungulate mammals continued to enjoy mud baths. Autumn was also the time for larger groups to form, especially in wild boar and deer.


Winter is the season of further wolf migration, during which time smaller groups of wolves, or even individuals, patrol remote corners of their territory. The end of winter is also the period of mating for wolves and the greater mobility associated with this. Animals at this time rarely take mud baths or completely resigns from them.

Author: Tomasz Bracik

Menu wilka Gagata

Menu of vlk Gagat in the Czech Republic

Menu of vlk Gagat in the Czech Republic

Two months ago, Gagat reached the Ždiar Mountains in central Bohemia and apparently decided to stay there for longer.

Our Czech colleagues from Hnutí DUHA Šelma, which monitors wolves, have already checked Gagat’s location several times. The snow cover also made it possible to track our Polish-Czech wolf, or rather vlk.

It turned out that Gagat is still alone. Despite this, it successfully hunts deer. Trackers from Hnutí DUHA found the remains of 6 roe deer, which Gagat ate and probably hunted. In the Świętokrzyska Forest, Gagat also most often hunted roe deer.

Thanks to Hnutí DUHA Šelmy and Miroslav Kutal, Milan Štaubert, Barbora Gajdárová, Michal Daněk, Petr Mückstein, Jan Kuchynka, Václav Hlaváč.

*Gagat is a young wolf in the process of dispersion (migration) looking for a wife and a place to set up a home. He wears a GPS collar that allows us to track his steps.

The Gagat’s collar was funded on the initiative of the Suchedniów Forest Inspectorate and the Regional Directorate of State Forests in Radom by the following forest districts: Barycz, Daleszyce, Kielce, Skarżysko, Starachowice, Stąporków and Suchedniów.

Photo: Petr Mückstein

Author: Roman Gula

Spotkanie o wilkach w Mirczu

About wolves in Mircze

About wolves in Mircze

During our visit to lubelskie, we conducted 2 meetings about wolves for the inhabitants of Mircze and the surrounding area.

During the first meeting, to which local schools were invited, we tried to familiarize students with the world of the wolves and answer any questions they were interested in. There was also a demonstration of howling and other techniques used by us while monitoring wolves.

At the second meeting, which was also attended by employees of the Mircze Forest Inspectorate, we focused a bit more on issues related to our research and the story of Geralt, a wolf wearing our GPS collar, who disappeared shortly after arriving in the nearby forests . We hope that thanks to the support of local residents and foresters, we will be able to solve the mystery of his disappearance!

We would like to thank Gminny Ośrodek Kultury (the Municipal Cultural Center) in Mircze for organizing meetings and providing the room.