The Alpine Marmot – also colloquially knownas "Mankei" – lives in tight-knit families underground. Its dwellings are located in alpine meadows, boulder fields and alpine land at 1,400 m to 2,700 m altitude. Marmots warn each other of impending danger by whistling. A series of whistles announces danger on the ground, e.g. a human approaching, a long whistle means "danger from the air", mostly in form of an eagle.

Around 1800, marmots became extinct in the Hohe Tauern. This was mainly due to the "Manke-lard", the marmot's fat, still regarded as a universal remedy. It was only in the beginning of the 20th century that marmots returned to the Hohe Tauern region. Today they number among the mammals most frequently spotted living in the wilderness of the Hohe Tauern.

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