The Taurus Foundation is private Dutch foundation that uses cattle and horses in nature management and natural grazing schemes. Taurus Foundation is leading a breeding programme called the Tauros Programme. This is an initiative to back-breed some of Europe’s most ancient and original cattle breeds, to come as close as we can get to the original aurochs, which unfortunately went extinct as a species in 1627. The good news though is that the aurochs’s genes are still here, but now spread out over a few different cattle breeds. The project has a broad scientific foundation with a multidisciplinary angle and works together with universities in several countries. The breeding activities started in The Netherlands in 2009 and it has now started up together with Rewilding Europe in several of the rewilding areas: Western Iberia has the first two sites, one in Faia Brava in Portugal and one in Campanarios de Azaba in Spain. New breeding sites have just opened in Velebit in Croatia and soon also in the Danube delta in Romania.
The WILD Foundation started its history in Africa and then established a United States based not-for-profit organization in 1974, based in Colorado. The WILD Foundation works for wilderness, wildlife and people in the United States and throughout the world and is the founder and steward of the World Wilderness Congress.
Founded in 1996, The Large Carnivore Initiative of Europe has since 4 years had the official status of a Specialist Group within the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The LCIE consists of a group of experts who give their time to help conserve large carnivores in Europe. Its members bring experience from the fields of research on ecological and human-dimensions, wildlife management, hands-on conservation, and from international conservation organisations. These members do not represent their institutions when working for the LCIE, thereby ensuring their independence. Currently, LCIE consists of a network of 40 expert members from 26 European countries, plus Canada.