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.
Founded in 2007, the European Bison Conservation Center currently consists of a network of about 200 members, with a coordinating office located at the European Bison Friends Society in Warsaw, Poland. It also has regional centers or representatives in Germany, Poland, Scandinavia, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Russia, Belarus, Hungary and Czech Republic. Legally, EBCC is linked to the European Bison Friends Society, also based in Warsaw. The European Bison Pedigree Book, which tries to keep track of all individuals of the species and their ancestry and genealogy, is an autonomous entity linked to EBCC through a specific agreement. EBCC works closely with the IUCN/SSC Bison Specialist Group and with breeders and owners of European bison across Europe.
Avesta Bison Park is one of Northern Europe’s leading breeding facilities for the conservation of the European bison. The animal enclosure in Avesta surrounds a little farm dating back to the turn of the 19th century. In the Barn Café you can have something nice to eat or just have a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. If you choose a guided tour you will get to see the bison up close, and hear the story of how the park got started.