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  • 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 …

  • The value of a bear in the Central Apennines rewilding area

    15. July 2014

    Finally, He came. It had been already five or six afternoons with me there waiting, lurking under a juniper in the anonymous valley at the edge of the beech forest. I was feeling the fatigue from the many hours of waiting, but I really didn’t get bored. A day in May In the first evening …

  • Educating a new breed of European nature entrepreneurs

    8. July 2014

    There is a growing demand from society to cover the costs for nature conservation in more efficient and sustainable ways. Meanwhile, there is also a demand for new jobs in the often depopulating agricultural regions in Europe. To meet these demands, new education is needed to help develop a new breed of entrepreneurs who can …

  • Horseback safari at Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch in Velebit, Croatia

    23. June 2014

    “A spirited one!”, I said when Bruce asked me what kind of horse I wanted to ride. We were having a bush dinner around a nice camp fire, enjoying the pork, salad, potatoes and local herbs, with locally brewed wine, some delicious walnut liquor and beers. “Then Storm Cloud it is”.   The next morning …

  • The Oder Delta: Birds, Beavers and Barszcz

    20. June 2014

    At the end of May, three vans took off from The Netherlands for a study trip for the ARK Nature foundation team to the Oder Delta, an area at the very northern end of the border between Germany and Poland. Here, the Oder River flows out into the Baltic Sea via the Szczecin Lagoon and …

  • Five fantastic days in the wilds of Western Iberia

    9. June 2014

    Early this spring we were the guests of the Faia Brava Reserve and of Campanários de Azaba Biological Reserve, Rewilding Europe’s two local partners in Western Iberia, right on the border between Spain and Portugal. Campanários de Azaba Biological Reserve, the two partners of Rewilding Europe in Western Iberia. Five fantastic days in the wilds. …

  • Fights with wolves: what is the real, wild aurochs behaviour?

    27. May 2014

    Anyone who has seen the film ‘Dances with wolves’ with Kevin Costner could easily get the false impression that wolves are cosy animals that you can even hug or dance with. Our young Boskarin bull, recently released in a small herd in the wild Velebit mountains in Croatia knows differently by now.   He recently …