Iconic Swiss species

Eurasian lynx Big cats find love and habitat in Switzerland

Once hunted to extinction in Switzerland, lynx are doing well now – thanks partly to the successful matchmaking services of the Swiss government. 

Bearded vulture The bone-picker that was a ghost in Switzerland

The largest bird in the Alps, the bearded vulture was exterminated in the 19th century and is a vulnerable species today.

Alpine salamander Meet an amphibian that’s at home in the Alps

Tricky to spot, the Alpine salamander stands out for its unusual reproductive style and ability to handle the cold.

European beech Tree of life’s a beech

In autumn, Switzerland’s beech trees are aflame with red leaves. However, they struggle with the higher temperatures that come with climate change.

Alpine marmot Cute rodent appears on postcards and plates

Their fat faces grace postcards; their fat is used in salves. In Switzerland, the marmot is part mascot, part medicine chest and part meal. 

Edelweiss Rarefied beauty found in Alps and adverts

Fuzzy and white, Edelweiss flowers are a lucky find for hikers, and a ubiquitous sight on Swiss marketing materials.

Wolf Big, yes, but bad? Carnivore divides Swiss opinion

Emotions run high whenever this elusive creature appears. As wolves make a comeback in Switzerland, they spark feelings of awe and fear.

Alpenrose Not a rose but a rhododendron

Immortalized by Swiss singer Polo Hofer, this flowering plant thrives in the Alps and in the Jura region.

Blueberry A sweet treat for hunter-gatherers

In May and June, Switzerland’s wild blueberry bushes are in bloom. They’re popular with birds, foxes and bears. 

Golden eagle The raptor with the unjustified bad rap

This is the only large Swiss predator that survived the days when the bearded vulture, the lynx, the wolf and the brown bear were exterminated.

Alpine ibex In the thrall of the mountain king

Once extinct in Switzerland, the ibex is back. Thousands of the surefooted creatures now live in the Swiss Alps.

Biodiversity in Switzerland

Insect Day The endangered insects that we never see

Can the decline of insects in Switzerland be halted? The first national day of the insect is calling on politicians and public to act.

Science Saturday Nature is worth billions, say scientists

Biodiversity is worth billions in terms of human well-being, but poor policy and lifestyle choices are causing a drastic decline.

Biodiversity Three out of eight Swiss bird species endangered

Worldwide, about one in eight bird species is endangered. In Switzerland, it’s three times as many.

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People and predators Wolves: welcome or worrying?

Should an area in south-western Switzerland be a predator-free zone? A local initiative wants to eliminate protected species like wolves.

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