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REWILDING EUROPE

Rewilding. It’s like homecoming but for animals…

Some animals have been farmed and poached so much that they’re nearly extinct, and conservationists have had enough 😡 They’re bringing these guys back home.

Why? Because they’re adorable… but also crucial to the food chain and natural landscape 🐗

Here’s where you can find your rewilded friends…

Bison

Haarlem, Netherlands

“People thought, Bison on dunes? The crazy Dutch”

Well you showed them, Yvonne, you showed them.

Yvonne Kemp is the bison project leader (real job) in Zuid-Kennemerland Park. He’s also super smug because bison have been reintroduced to north Holland under his watch 😏

“It is working, you can see the herd, they are having calves and doing well.”

Bison are as big as little cars 🚗 These guys are the largest-living mammal in Europe - they were wiped out centuries ago, but last spotted in The Netherlands.

People tried to breed the species again, but they were still as endangered as the black rhino. Now there’s a herd on the sand dunes of the Dutch coast… You go Glen Coco 👍

The Bison are busy living their best lives in Kraansvlak. If bison could frolic (they can’t they’re massive) these guys would. It’s all natural ponds and sandy mounds for 330 hectares 😍

Beaver

, United Kingdom

“What animal have you rewilded UK? A wolf, a bear, a rare bird?”

“…. A beaver.”

Good stuff.

What can a beaver bring to the table? Turns out beavers make improvements to the soil and their dams are a natural flood buffer 🌊 Yep, that’s right. Beavers slow down flows of water during floods. Beaver saved your life.

The Forest of Dean has managed to reintroduce these little legends and the flora and fauna (basically, grass) have been on the up ever since.

As Chris McFarling (cabinet member of Forest of Dean) puts it, “beavers are the most natural water engineers we could ask for. They’re inexpensive, environmentally friendly and contribute to sustainable water and flood management.”

You tell ‘em, Chris 👏

Bald Eagles

, United States

Bald Eagle - not just a nickname for your follicly challenged mate.

These birds of prey disappeared from the Channel Islands in the 1950s after they got exposed to DDT (a pesticide.) Which turns out to be dangerous for the environment… and eagles 👎

Between 2002 and 2006 a bunch of biologists released 61 eaglets (no, really) they’d got from Alaska. Now there are over 40 in the park, including breeding pairs.

It’s an hour’s drive from LA to Ventura port, then hop on a boat for an hour and you’re in eagle-central 🛥