By anthony k
As you may already know, small rodents called hamsters are frequently kept as household pets. Their small ears, stubby legs, and short tails set them apart from other rodents. For starters, even those who don’t like “rodents” can find hamsters cute. Hamsters come in many shades, including white, yellow, red, black, gray, and brown.
Did you know that wild hamsters exist? For the past decade, Julian Rad, an Austrian wildlife photographer, has been documenting the rare European hamster, a species of wild hamster found only in a few European nations.
The European hamster was declared endangered in 2020, making it close to extinction. Unfortunately, the International Union for Conservation of Nature predicts that the species could become extinct within the next 30 years. Its exact cause is unknown, however it has been linked to habitat loss, pollution, climate change and fur trapping in previous years.
Professional wildlife photographers like Julian can use the power of images to raise awareness of threatened species, as well as help the general public become more familiar with various species. While the species kept as pets are relatively well known, the wild species are not.
Today, you have the privilege of seeing some of the best wild hamster photography Julian has managed to capture in the last ten years. Julian has an exceptional ability to capture these rare and beautiful moments. He makes sure that every shot he takes is spectacular.