Only a few places in the Netherlands are home to large ungulates such as red deer and wild boar. Their habitat is often broken up by fences and roads, which can lead to inbreeding and associated health complications in the animals.
In light of this, researchers at Wageningen University & Research have been charting the genetic variation of red deer and wild boar in the Netherlands and neighbouring areas of Belgium and Germany. Their research demonstrates that measures such as wildlife crossings and tunnels are beginning to pay off, and also highlighted areas in need of additional connections so as to encourage mixing of the same species. Through this research, Wageningen is working on improving quality of life.