European Pine Marten | Welsh Mountain Zoo

European Pine Marten

Martes martes


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Once one of Britain’s most common mammal species, European Pine Martin numbers have depleted significantly and by the early 1900’s could only be found in a small number of remote areas across the UK. Following conservation efforts, numbers are increasing and populations are expanding within specific areas of the UK including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as in the Republic of Ireland.

Native Range →

Across Europe and Mediterranean

Natural Habitat  →

Deciduous and coniferous woodlands

Diet  →

Voles, mice, squirrels, eggs, amphibians, berries, fruit and insects

Life Expectancy  →

8-10 years in the wild. Up to 18 years in zoos

Breeding  →

2-5 litter from an 8 month gestation period

Group Name  →

Unknown

Active Hours  →

Dusk and night time

Threats  →

Loss of habitat, hunting

Fun fact

Pine Martens have semi-retractable claws which allow them to climb trees and run on branches.

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