Mountain Hare

Fritz and Paul Sarasin, Carl Schröter, and Steivan Brunies (a native of the Engadine) – who became the founding fathers of the National Park – were concerned about the progression of development in the mountains, and increasing industrialisation. To counter this movement, they founded the Swiss Society for the Protection of Nature, with the vision of setting aside an area of land where nature could develop without human disturbance.

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Swiss National Park

Total protection.
The Swiss National Park encompasses a particularly impressive piece of Alpine landscape, with a wealth of flora and fauna. Within its boundaries nature is left to develop freely; humans remain in the background and are merely witnesses of the evolution that contributes so greatly to the incomparable character of this habitat.

Oldest National Park in the Alps.
Extending over 170 km2, the Swiss National Park is the largest protected area in Switzerland and the country’s only National Park. It is designated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a category 1 nature reserve (highest protection level – strict nature reserve/wilderness area). Founded in 1914, it is the oldest national park in the Alps and central Europe.


Mountain Hare

The mountain hare is well adapted to the cold.
Mountain hares are, unlike field hares, common in the National Park. They bear the typical characteristics of alpine animals: stocky build, broad hind limbs and short ears. The mountain hare lives in the forest or amongst reclining mountain pines and boulders.
Often, the only evidence of the mountain hare’s presence is its tracks in the snow. The imprint of the smaller forelimbs can be seen close together, whereas the broader hindlimbs are wider apart. The hare’s long hind feet are very hairy and they can be spread easily – almost as if the hare had snowshoes. They prevent it from sinking in the snow, which makes it easier to escape from its enemies.
The mountain hare’s winter coat is snow white, with black ear tips. In between seasons, its fur is white, flecked with grey-brown.
Before the female gives birth to her young in early summer, she will already have mated again. Summer in the mountains is not very long, but this strategy of superfetation allows more babies to be born within the short season.
Climate Change & problematic species


Rangers Voice

"Climate change is clearly visible on the snow hare."
Dr. Flurin Filli
Head of Nature Conservation and Natural Space Management


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