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Audi Environmental Foundation supports wildlife conservation efforts

June 13th, 2016

The educational facility “Steigerwald Center – experiencing sustainability” has gained yet another highlight: now, a bat-themed nature trail will teach visitors of all ages about these mammals, some of which are threatened with extinction. The nature trail was officially opened on Friday in Handthal, Lower Franconia, by representatives of the Audi Environmental Foundation, the Wildlife Conservation Federation in Franconia, the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, and the Bavarian State Forestry Commission.

The use of modern technology has always been a part of the concept of the Steigerwald Center. Digital resources are an attractive and modern way to help visitors learn more about the subject of environmental protection. The “tree experience”, for instance, explains cycles of nature such as photosynthesis in an especially clear and easy-to-understand way. “We provide sustainable and integrated support for projects that protect the environment. That is important to us. This is why we not only focused on the interior of the information center, but also get visitors interested in wildlife conservation and the environment directly outdoors in nature and using multimedia. The new bat nature trail is a fun way to raise awareness and inform people,” said Dr. Rüdiger Recknagel, Managing Director of the Audi Environmental Foundation.

Environmental education and wildlife conservation are two focal areas for the Audi Environmental Foundation. This also includes the company's involvement with the Steigerwald Center, which opened in 2014. The Audi Environmental Foundation is supporting the project over a five-year period with 250,000 euro. The center is using the money in particular to acquire high-quality multimedia exhibits.

The bat nature trail is the third environmental education and wildlife conservation project of the Audi Environmental Foundation in the Franconia region. The foundation has already supported the “Outdoor Classroom” environmental center project in Breitengüßbach as well as the environmental education project “The last jackdaw colonies in Bavaria.”

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