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  • Casa da Cisterna – using the wild values of a rewilding area for a successful business

    26. November 2014

    In the rural backcountry of Northeastern Portugal lies Castelo Rodrigo, a tiny village that any person will be delighted to visit and enjoy. It sits on a hilltop and offers spectacular views over the surrounding land. Land that has been dominated by man since millennia, but where wildlife is now beginning to come back.   …

  • Oder Delta blog 2: The Konik Polski horses of the “Oder Delta Nature Park”

    18. November 2014

    Photographer Solvin Zankl is on a photo mission for Rewilding Europe in the Oder delta, on the border between Germany and Poland. Here is his second blog from the field. I am invited to the Oder Delta Nature Park, a 1000-hectare, private nature reserve near the village Stepnica, on the Polish side of the Oder …

  • North America Blog 1: Yellowstone Park: with more bison older forests?

    27. October 2014

    Between 25 September and 4 October 2014, Frans Schepers and Wouter Helmer visited Wyoming and Montana in the United States, where they were invited to speak about Rewilding Europe at the 2014 Annual Gathering of the American Prairie Reserve. Apart from the American Prairie Reserve, they also visited Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. This …

  • Releasing new Bosnian Mountain horses into Velebit

    22. October 2014

    On the morning of September 29, a horse transport was made in cooperation with the International Association of Bosnian Mountain Horse breeders, for release in Malo Libinje, at Petar Knežević’s farm in the Velebit rewilding area. I accompanied the truck carrying this first group of five new Bosnian mountain horses. The breeders had selected this …

  • Oder Delta Blog 1: Following the unmistakable tracks of the beaver

    3. October 2014

    Well-known German wildlife photographer Solvin Zankl is on a photo mission for Rewilding Europe in the Oder delta. Here is his update from the field.   The Oder river delta is one of Europe’s less known wildlife areas. It is an estuary area, or an inland delta and lagoon, where the rivers Oder and Peene …

  • Exhibition “Danube delta – fresh perspectives” makes local success

    21. September 2014

    The Danube Delta rewilding area team decided to make use of the emotional power of great photography in the Danube Delta. This is what happened when we did.   Over the past two years, top wildlife photographers Magnus Lundgren and Staffan Widstrand have carried out photo missions for Rewilding Europe in the Danube Delta, from …

  • Watching a captive-bred bison herd take their next steps towards rewilding

    12. September 2014

    The 17 European bison who in May made their way back to the Romania’s Tarcu Mountains, after the species had been extinct there for 250 years, are getting closer and closer to full freedom in the wild. Today I stood beside them and witnessed each step of their way from the quarantine/acclimatisation area and over …

  • Article in “Science” about using rewilding against defaunation

    9. September 2014

    “Reversing defaunation: Restoring species in a changing world”, this new article in the Science magazine reviews the full spectrum of conservation translocations, placing rewilding in the same framework of methods to reduce the depletion of animal species. The intentional movement and release of animals has occurred for millennia, but the use of translocations to address …

  • Being a volunteer in the Velebit rewilding area – part IІ

    24. August 2014

    I went for a walk along the old hiking trail towards Modrić. Walking along the periphery of the main pasture and into a part of the trail that was thick with wildflowers and grasses until I could no longer see the trail. At this point in the trail, the magnitude of wildflower and insect diversity …

  • Being a volunteer in the Velebit rewilding area – part I

    6. August 2014

    Malo Libinje is a rugged, stony part of the Velebit Mountains in Croatia, that borders the Paklenica National Park and overlooks the sea. It is also the home of the Knežević family. I was there to observe the behaviour of the Istrian Boškarin cattle that they received earlier this year through Rewilding Europe.  The Knežević …